Norway seeks to decriminalise recreational drug use

The proposal comes with set thresholds for what should be considered a small amount for different illicit substances
Agence France Presse (AFP)
Friday, February 19, 2021

norwayNorway's government proposed a bill aimed at decriminalising the possession and use of small amounts of narcotics, saying users should be offered treatment rather than face jail. "Decades of repression have taught us that punishment doesn't work. On the contrary, punishment can make things worse," Education Minister Guri Melby told a press conference. "Drug addicts need help, not punishment," she added. Under the centre-right coalition government's proposal, both possession and the use of small quantities of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, would no longer be punishable under the criminal code, but users would still have to seek help. "They are still forbidden, but no longer punishable," Health Minister Bent Hoie said. (See also: The Norwegian decriminalization model (proposed bill))