You are invited to A Conversation with Dr Nuno Capaz
“We haven’t stopped the war on drugs, we’ve stopped the war on people,”
Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-happened-when-portugal-decriminalised-all-drugs-a-conversation-with-dr-nuno-capaz-tickets-51951837344
A limited number of free tickets are available for UC members – contact Bri if you want one – Bgriffiths@uniting.org
Fear of arrest, police and jail often drives people who use drugs away from the life-saving health and harm reduction services they want.
In 2001 Portugal changed its laws and decriminalised the use and possession of all drugs.
This means that rather than charging people with a criminal offence (i.e. risk of going to jail), people were charged with a civil or administrative offence (i.e. a fine).
Decriminalisation in Portugal means that while possessing and using illicit drugs is not a criminal offence, it remains illegal.
Decriminalisation was only a small part of that basket of measures aimed at curbing Portugal’s crisis in the 1990s which included treatment, harm reduction, employment and social services.
In 1992 Canberra decriminalised use and possession of cannabis.
At this public event we will discuss the Portuguese approach to drug policy – What happened? How does it work? How is it different from Canberra’s current decriminalisation approach? What could Canberra do differently?
Dr Capaz holds a PhD in Sociology and is the Vice-President, Commission for the Dissuasion of Drug Dependence in Lisbon, Portugal.
Attendees are invited to take part into the conversation and submit questions they would like to be presented to Dr Nuno Capaz. Please send all questions to email@example.com by 13 November 2018.
A free post-event reception will be held at University House to extend the conversation and to celebrate the end of the year and the success of The Canberra Drug Policy Series which has brought, and will continue, to bring international speakers, cutting-edge ideas and stimulating conversations to our city.