Norway has voted to decriminalise drug use
Illegal drugs could soon be decriminalised in Norway thanks to a recent vote within the Norwegian Parliament.
The vote saw four out nine parties vote in favour the act, which would see decrimalisation illegal drugs across the country. The Labor Party, Socialist Left, Conservatives and Liberals voted in support the move, making up 133 out 175 parliamentary seats.
Nicolas Wilinson, health spokesman for the Socialist Left, explained to Norwegian publication : “The majority will stop punishing people who struggle, but instead give them help and treatment.”.
The decriminalisation would mark a shift in attitudes surrounding the treatment illegal drugs and their users. While the substances themselves would still remain illegal, users would be provided with rehabilitation in place jail time for larger fences.
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