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Justice Minister eyes Portuguese punishment model. Reform could decriminalise drug use. Labour’s (Ap) Minister of Justice Knut Storberget suggests legalising drug use and possession. He says he’ll be making some legal reforms before the next Parliamentary period. The governmental commission headed by Thorvald Stoltenberg, that delivered its report yesterday, has suggested employing the Portuguese system, arresting just the drug sellers and traffickers.

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Justice Minister eyes Portuguese punishment model

Published on Friday, 18th June, 2010 at 14:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 18th June 2010 at 15:50.

Reform could decriminalise drug use.

Knut Storberget talks about drug treatment
Knut Storberget talks about drug treatment
Photo: Ministry of Justice/Flickr


Labour’s (Ap) Minister of Justice Knut Storberget suggests legalising drug use and possession. He says he’ll be making some legal reforms before the next Parliamentary period.

The governmental commission headed by Thorvald Stoltenberg, that delivered its report yesterday, has suggested employing the Portuguese system, arresting just the drug sellers and traffickers.

 “We have to ask if we’re going to continue using society’s most stringent form of punishment for the use and possession of drugs, or dare to think like Thorvald Stoltenberg’s committee” Storberget tells Aftenposten.

“I see a significant win-win situation. We can reduce crime, improve a large group of people’s quality of life, and free up resources in our jails,” he says.

According to the research agency Fafo, 60 percent of inmates are drug abusers.

Storberget already indicated his willingness to consider alternatives before the report came out. His move has been welcomed by some Opposition politicians.

“We’re willing to look at this. It’s important that we manage to develop good treatment methods as an alternative to criminal prosecution,” says Laila Dåvøy, KrF’s Parliamentary Health and Care Committee member.




Published on Friday, 18th June, 2010 at 14:42 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 18th June 2010 at 15:50.

This post has the following tags: heroin, drug, addicts, abusers, thorvald, stoltenberg, knut, storberget.





  
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