Western Europe has historically rejected America's "do drugs; do time" ideology in favor of more liberal policies defining drug use as a health issue rather than a criminal one. Today, this trend is most widely manifested in European laws decriminalizing the possession and use of marijuana. The following documents provide a comprehensive overview of marijuana and other drug laws throughout Europe.
European Drug Policy: 2002 Legislative Update
European Drug Policy: Analysis and Case Studies
NORML Report (1999)
Illicit Drug Use in the EU: Legislative Approaches (2005)
Decriminalization in Europe: Recent Developments in Legal Approaches to Drug Use
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) Report (2001)
EU Country Profiles
Trends in European Drug Laws: The Legal Status of Cannabis
Medicinal Cannabis and Derivatives: A Legal Analysis of the Options, Their Limitations, and Current Practice in the EU
EMCDDA Report (2002)
How the Law Is Changing Across Europe
UK Guardian Special Report (2001)
Drug Policy Around the World
Drug Policy Alliance Fact Sheet
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