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TalkingDrugs. (2020) Drug decriminalisation across the world. Leads: Release.


In the context of drug policy, ‘decriminalisation’ refers to the removal of criminal penalties for activities related to drug use. In some legal systems criminal penalties are replaced by civil sanctions, while in other systems no penalties are applied – please see the glossary for more detailed definitions.

Some form of decriminalisation has been adopted in 30 countries – with significant differences and levels of effectiveness. This interactive map on the website provides an overview of these models, offering insights into decriminalisation laws, their implementation and impact.

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