The overwhelming success of Portugal’s decriminalization approach to drugs is in the news again. The AP article is available here, “Portugal’s drug policy pays off; US eyes lessons.” See the article for details of how every aspect of Portugal’s harm minimization, treatment-based approach has succeeded.
Unfortunately, the title is somewhat incorrect. Portugal’s decriminalization has indeed worked out remarkably well. The USA, however, may “eye” these lessons but is intent on ignoring them and clinging to its trillion dollar harm maximization approach of arrest, prosecution and incarceration.