New legislation in Iceland could decriminalise buying, possessing or receiving drugs

A new bill submitted to the Icelandic Parliament hopes to provide protections to those who buy and use controlled substances, while still criminalising the production and sale of them. The new bill—led by Pirate Party MP Halldóra Mogensen and eight other MPs from the Pirates, the Social Democrats, the Left-Greens, the Reform Party and the People’s Party—is a revision of the existing drug laws, which criminalises all drug activity absolutely. If the changes proposed in the bill pass, it will thereafter decriminalise buying, receiving or possessing drugs, provided they are beneath a volume considered to be solely for personal use.  As a whole, the bill approaches drug use as a health issue rather than a criminal one.

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