Portugal: Ten Years After Decriminalization

Dear Colleagues,

in 2001, a small European country, Portugal, took a brave step, changing its drug policies and refocussing its efforts away from arresting and criminalising drug users, towards smart public health interventions. How did the political establishment of a Catholic-Conservative country come to such an agreement about decriminalization? How does the system work? Is it effective? Ten years after decriminalization, the HCLU film crew travelled to Lisbon and Porto to get answers to these questions – and now you can learn them from our latest movie, produced in cooperation with  APDES – an NGO partner in our European Drug Policy Initiative. The film tells the story of decriminalization from various perspectives, through the eyes of people involved in its formation, implementation and evaluation.

Please watch the film here:


Best wishes,

Peter Sarosi
Drug Policy Program Director
Hungarian Civil Liberties Union

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