During a time when multiple states across America are mulling over drug possession legalization reforms, Norway’s government proposed legislation on Friday to remove the criminalization laws regarding personal drug possession.
Representatives from the region’s Liberal Party launched the authorization legislation. The bill would categorize minor possession as a civil offense instead of one inflicting criminal penalties. Cases of possession would also call for compulsory treatment.
Based on AFP’s report, Guri Shelby (Education Minister) asserted during the Friday press conference that years of authoritarianism has taught the state it’s not efficient since drug addicts require help rather than punishment.
Guri added that his department will no longer ignore stigmatism and folks being as treated criminals when they are genuinely sick.
According to the proposal, refusing to adhere to illicit substance abuse treatment would call for a fine without any jail time.
Also, illicit substance reform activists vehemently oppose consumer incarceration, many have issues about making someone accept treatment they might not require or want.
Bent Hoeie, the country’s Health Minister and a Conservative Party member seconded the government’s move saying that the younger population can be encouraged to change their habits without any threat of criminal punishment or force. Bent added that the proposed bill would allow easier access to aid when required, especially since the substance users have no threat of fines of jail.
The reform would allow people not to be charged for criminal penalties for possession of not more than two grams of heroin, cocaine, or amphetamines. Marijuana’s possession limit would remain at ten grams.
The bill arrives after the Norwegian Drug Reform Commission suggested that the administration implement legalization in a December report.
In America, Oregon’s voters passed a ballot initiative to legalize all drugs late last year.
On Friday, Massachusetts legislators launched a reform that will expunge criminal punishments for possession of any drug.