How will the Nordic countries adapt their drug policies in a new situation when several countries all over the world are questioning ‘the war on drugs’ and orient themselves in the direction of decriminalization and legalization?
The Nordic project on the possible change in drug policies tries to answer, or at least illuminate, different questions, such as:
- What signs are there of changing drug policies in the direction of the reduced use of penal law?
- What arguments are used in the public discourse to challenge earlier policies?
- What obstacles are there to change in terms of justifications, fears and actors?
The analyses from the five Nordic countries show that the debate has opened up, that the failure of earlier policies is increasingly being pointed out and that the younger generations are becoming more critical to the zero-tolerance policy. At the same time, making a retreat is not that easy. Beliefs, ideologies and vested interests can be quite resistant. The Nordic countries stand at a crossroads, but what new roads will be taken is far from clear.Book Details