Removal of penalties / Decriminalization

Reports and Studies

01/18/13 | National-level drug policy and young people's illicit drug use: a multilevel analysis of the European Union


11/14/12 | Decriminalise drug use, say experts after six-year study


07/13/12 | Marijuana Decriminalization: The Impact on Youth 1975-80. Monitoring the Future. Occasional Paper Series, Paper 13.

This 1981 study examines marijuana use and attitudes in the 10 states that had previously removed possible jail time as a penalty for simple possession of marijuana. As the abstract says, "the study attempted to assess the impact of the law on the attitudes, beliefs, and peer norms of high school seniors and young adults relating to marijuana use. ... Overall, the results indicate that decriminalization of marijuana had virtually no effect either on use or on related attitudes and beliefs about marijuana use among young people in this age group."


07/13/12 | A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Policies in Practice Across the Globe

This report by Release.org, a British organization focused on harm reduction in drug policies, looked at data from over 20 countries that have adopted some form of decriminalization of drug possession, including several that have only decriminalized marijuana possession. It found that decriminalization did not lead to significant increases in drug use in those countries, strongly indicating that harsh penalties for possession have little to no effect on drug use rates.


02/06/12 | Decriminalization/Teen Use Analysis


 

OP-Eds

02/02/15 |
Decriminalizing marijuana makes sense


10/27/14 |
Editorial: No Progress on Marijuana Arrests


08/05/14 |
Inquirer Editorial: Enough stonewalling


07/07/14 |
The Harris boycott [Editorial]


06/02/14 |
Editorial: Michigan should review pot laws


  

Updates

02/25/15 |
Jamaican Parliament Approves Decriminalizing Marijuana


02/19/15 |
New Mexico Legislature to Consider Reducing Marijuana Penalties


02/05/15 |
Kansas Bill to Decrease Marijuana Penalties Headed For Vote


01/30/15 |
Delaware Lawmakers to Consider Removing Criminal Penalties for Marijuana Possession


01/30/15 |
Virgin Islands Senate Overrides Governor Veto of Marijuana Bill


 

 

 

 

 



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