Drugs in Europe: Not mind-stretching enough

Liberal drug policies have spread across Europe. But some early adopters are slipping behind
The Economist (UK)
Saturday, June 18, 2016

European countries’ reforms have lost momentum, or even slipped backwards. Most drug-policy experts consider this a shame. The reformist countries’ experiences not only show how well liberal drug policies work; they suggest they need to go further. One of the problems is complacency – meaning that politicians in countries with harm-reduction policies often think the drug problem has been solved. In Europe “everyone is keeping each other in check,” says Tom Blickman. Europe is no longer a place where policymakers can take risks.