Slowly but surely things are happening in the Swedish drug debate.
From Jonas (Svenska NORMAL), 19 MAY 2007
Four MPs from the left party (Vansterpartiet) have published a draft for a new party
drug policy. Among the suggestions are decriminalization of drug
use. The thought behind is that the police should focus on dealers
instead of users. We’ll see how long this proposal goes. Personally
I hope it goes directly into the party programme but that needs to
be decided at their congress.
Most enforcement in Sweden nowadays is focused on drug users. 7 % of the reported offences is dealing, the rest is personal use. Decriminalization of drug use is the first step towards a better national policy where dealers also can choose to sell in a regulated market.
There’s a swedish saying “dig where you stand” meaning “act out of
the possibilities you have at hand”. Out of a pragmatic view I
personally support those MPs who stand for the most progressive
policy in this issue. At the moment these four are the only MPs
(except for a center liberal one) in the whole parliament of 349
seats who wants a change in the zero tolerance policy of today.