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Should Canada be decriminalizing more than just pot? Portugal did

Anne-Marie Mediwake

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Ottawa, Ontario



In 2001, Portugal decriminalized possession of personal amounts of all drugs. Since then, the country has seen a dramatic drop in overdose, HIV infection and violent crime rates, leaving some to wonder if the model could work in Canada. We spoke with the executive director of the Canadian Public Health Association, Ian Culbert, to find out.

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