Would the decriminalization of drugs actually work? Needless to say, this is a question people in the United States have been batting back and forth at like a catnip-crazed cat for nearly half a century. On one side of the equation, politicians have fully legalized recreational marijuana in several states, but not at the federal level; but other “hard drugs,” like meth, have not been legalized. However, did you know that one country has, in fact, fully decriminalized all types of drugs for the last 40 years? Let’s take a closer look at the drug policy of Uruguay.

The Ultimate Social Experiment  

Uruguay Decriminalizes Drugs for a 40-Year Period

In many ways, Uruguay’s decriminalization of drugs is the ultimate social experiment. As part of Decree Law 14294, people could completely avoid being arrested only if they held a small amount of drugs (hard or soft) that are only intended for private consumption. In other words, people cannot sell illicit drugs, but snorting, injecting, or toking behind closed doors is perfectly okay.

Many countries could start to view Uruguay as a perfect case study, particularly the United States. In their country, the Uruguayan people have completely decriminalized dangerous substances in an effort to crack down on sickness and cartel activity. Likewise, the government has established federal legalization of pot, which could definitely help officials crack down on black market marijuana.

Too Many Loopholes

As with any master plan, though, there’s always a few loopholes. Members of the Brookings Institution are convinced that this decriminalization effort has a few faults, particularly in the court system. Judges will determine sentencing on a case-by-case foundation, which can create potholes (if you will) in the legal system. Brookings members also argue that officials will have a hard time determining if the suspect was carrying drugs for private consumption or holding drugs for underground sales.

So what’s the major issue with this system? People in Uruguay can use these illegal drugs, but they can’t buy them anywhere legally. In the meantime, many people purchase pot from next-door neighbor Paraguay.

Seeking Treatment for Drug Addiction or Alcoholism    

Alcoholism and drug addiction are dangerous sicknesses that should never be taken lightly. All it takes to fall off the wagon and become sick is to take that first sniff, snort, injection, or shot before you are rolling downhill into insanity. Still, you can always push the train back up, but it will be a difficult hike. However, with the right mixture of perseverance and determination, you can easily get back on track and be happy once more.  

Are you suffering from a severe case of alcoholism or drug addiction? Do you have a friend or a loved one who is coping with the same illness? In both cases, get in touch us at with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of drug withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.

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