Comparing models of drug decriminalisation

An e-tool by IDPC

scales-of-justiceDecriminalisation refers to the repeal of laws and policies that define drug use and/or the possession of drugs for personal use as a criminal offence. The act remains illegal, but sanctions are administrative or abolished entirely. 21 countries and jurisdictions are reported to have decriminalised drug use or possession of drugs for personal use. However, the models of decriminalisation implemented all over the world vary widely. This e-tool, developed by the International Drug Policy Consortium, aims to map out how these models work in practice, describing their legal framework, the role of the police (if any), the judicial or administrative process, the applicable sanction (if any), and examples of countries illustrating each model.

The e-tool enables you to compare the various models of decriminalisation.