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Norway becomes first Scandinavian country to decriminalise drugs in historic vote

Norway’s 2017 Country Drug Report shows 266 people died from drug-related deaths

 

Norway is to become the first Scandinavian country to decriminalise drugs as it focuses on treatment rather than punishment. 

 

The majority of the Norwegian parliament, the Storting, backed the historic shift which was supported by the Conservatives (Høyre), Liberals (Venstre), the Labor Party (Ap) and the Socialist Left (SV).

 

They directed the national government to reform its policies on drugs. 

 

Sveinung Stensland, deputy chairman of the Storting Health Committee, told Norwegian publication VG: “It is important to emphasize that we do not legalize cannabis and other drugs, but we decriminalize.

 

"The change will take some time, but that means a changed vision: Those who have a substance abuse problem should be treated as ill, and not as criminals with classical sanctions such as fines and imprisonment.”

 

Nicolas Wilkinson, the SV party’s health spokesman, told VG parliament’s goal was to “stop punishing people who struggle, but instead give them help and treatment”.

 

He added the aim is to transfer responsibility for drug policy from the justice system to the health system.

 

The move follows the drug programme with judicial control (ND) scheme to replace custodial sentences with treatment programmes for drug addicts in the cities of Bergen and Oslo. 

 

Launched in 2006 the scheme, billed as an “alternative to detention in prison”, was rolled out to all Norwegian courts last year. 

 

Justice Minister Anders Anundsen previously said: “The goal is that more addicts will rid themselves of their drug dependency and fewer will return to crime.

 

“But if the terms of the programme are violated, the convicts must serve an ordinary prison term.”

 

Norway’s Country Drug Report released this year shows in 2014, the latest figures available, 266 people died from drug-related deaths. 

 

The figures, released by the Cause of Death Register, showed an increase from the year before, with opioids the most commonly involved drug. 

 

The Norwegian Health Committee is planning a trip to Portugal in February, which decriminalised personal possession of drugs in 2001. 

 

The country made the move following a heroin epidemic and the highest drug-related AIDS deaths in the European Union (EU). 

 

It now has the second lowest drug-related deaths in the EU.

 

Norway could join other countries such as Portugal, the Netherlands, Uruguay, and certain US states including California and Colorado, which have liberal drug laws.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/norway-parliament-drugs-decriminalise-recreational-cocaine-heroin-marijuana-a8111761.html

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Great news!! :) I was talking to Tommy from Sweet Seeds in Amsterdam about how the 'experiment' has gone in Portugal as he is Portuguese and still lives there. His comment was its gone VERY well which isnt exactly shouted from the rooftops over here in prohibition land but I wasn't exactly surprised as I have been saying its the way forward for almost 40 years now. Glad other countries are following the lead well done Norway :yep:

 

Who knows one day our politicians might actually do something to benefit their voters.... for once lol

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Step in the correct direction, what does that mean for dealers?

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Government of Sweden ain't too keen on cannabis, bet they're pissed!

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@marcjuna I suspect it means business as usual with the hopeful bonus of more customers. 

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Fair play Norway. 

 

Gonna bring a new meaning to Norwegian Wood! 

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This makes sense at least they are taking intelligent steps forward, while we wallow in stupidland.

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even scandie conservatives have brains, fascinating. 

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Can’t stop the tide of sense  

good news

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Hi
Well Done Norway and also Canada :yep:


And the UK is still bumping along the bottom, We have useless MPs and they are all out of date and very victorian in out look,  i wounder when the UK will come into the 2st Century like everyone else weed wise?


aaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh What about use the UK?


Anyway Fuck the UK Governments this is the peoples holidays! ;)


Just popped in to say Happy Xmas and have a delightful new Year. i have to go back to New York to finish my work in the new year am home for family etc..


Hope the Green Xmas goblins bring you good cannabis and hash fior next year lets just ask...

 

 'Dear Santa' By Girls' Generation

 

See you in the new year and thanks to all doing the news doing a great Job have a happy one everyone. :yep:

 

Bongme :yinyang:

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Wouldn't like to buy an oz in Norway

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