(courtesy NORML Foundation,
October 21, 1999, Washington,
DC: The NORML Foundation released a comprehensive report today describing
and detailing the current marijuana laws in Europe. For the most
part Europe is moving in an opposite direction from the United States on
drug policy. Whereas the U.S. relies heavily on interdiction, domestic
suppression, anti-marijuana propaganda and severe criminal and civil penalties,
Europe is moving toward a "harm reduction" model, which recognizes responsible
marijuana use by adults as beyond the purview of government concern.
"In effect, most, though
not all, European countries view America's 'war on drugs,' criminal justice-oriented
approach as being both ineffective and counterproductive," said Allen St.
Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive Director. "America is becoming
an island unto itself regarding its wasteful and excessive drug war."
The report covers 16 European
countries, with special focus on marijuana policies in the Netherlands,
Denmark's Christiana "Experiment" and Switzerland. Also, there are
helpful charts and a country-by-country description of marijuana penalties.
A chart of western European
marijuana laws can be found at http://www.norml.org/laws/european_policy.shtml#table.
The report can be viewed at http://www.norml.org/laws/european_policy.shtml.
For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML, Foundation
Executive Director, at (202) 483-8751.
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Issue #113, 10/22/99
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