Norway Seeks To Decriminalise Use Of Marijuana, Others

A recreational marijuana smoker indulges in smoking weed on April 14, 2020 in the Bushwick section of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP
A recreational marijuana smoker indulges in smoking weed on April 14, 2020 in the Bushwick section of the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/AFP


Norway’s government on Friday proposed a bill aimed at decriminalising the possession and use of small amounts of narcotics, saying users should be offered treatment rather than face jail.

“Decades of repression have taught us that punishment doesn’t work. On the contrary, punishment can make things worse,” Education Minister Guri Melby told a press conference.

“Drug addicts need help, not punishment,” she added.

Under the centre-right coalition government’s proposal, both possession and the use of small quantities of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, would no longer be punishable under the criminal code, but users would still have to seek help.

“They are still forbidden, but no longer punishable,” Health Minister Bent Hoie said.

Proponents of the bill argue that criminal prosecution of drug users can be counterproductive as it deters those with abuse problems from seeking help, makes it more difficult for relatives to detect problems and stigmatises an already vulnerable demographic.

The proposal comes with set thresholds for what should be considered a small amount for different illicit substances: two grams for cocaine, heroin or amphetamines, 10 grams for cannabis and 500 grams (17.6 oz) for khat.

As the government only controls a minority in parliament, passing the legislation will require support from the opposition, with some arguing the measure could encourage drug use.

According to a survey published in early February by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, around five percent of respondents in Norway say they have used cannabis in the last 12 months, and one percent have tried psychotropic drugs, such as cocaine and amphetamines.

Despite having one of the highest living standards in Europe, Norway — and other Nordic countries — have seen higher numbers of drug-related deaths per capita than the rest of Europe.

In recent years, 260 people have died annually from a drug overdose in Norway, according to a report published last year by the Norwegian Directorate of Health.



NDLEA Destroys 102.715Kg Of Illicit Drugs

The Edo state command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has destroyed 102.715kg of Narcotics and Psychotic drugs seized by the command.

The Chairman NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade said the drugs were recovered as a result of daily raid operations carried out by the state command, stressing that the agency is commitment in ridding the society from illicit drugs.

On his part, the Edo state commander of the NDLEA, Sani Ibrahim Sani said 480 acres of cannabis sativa farmland have also been destroyed during the planting season, adding that the command is determined to put drug barons out of business and forest reserves.

A total of 231 suspected drug traffickers have been arrested and 81,541,71KG of illicit drugs mostly cannabis sativa was impounded by the command in 2012.

Drug War: Peddlers are now very desperate -MMIA NDLEA Commander

Alhaji Hamzar Umar the Commander MMIA; NDLEA said on the declared against drug by the NDLEA going the spate of drug seizures lately that Nigerians have decided to go drug rampage as a lot of the peddlers are desperate to achieve their aim and to him it is very sad.

Mr. Umar who was a guest on Sunrise Daily said further that these peddlers channel their talents and efforts wasted on this illicit business into possible ventures.

Watch complete interview for more details.