Study Tour Report and Policy Recommendations
Portuguese drug policy has been lauded for its efficacy and humanitarian emphasis in dealing with drug use and problematic drug use. The policy demarcates personal use and trafficking, yet, remains prohibitive. By way of a Dissuasion Commission, persons caught for drug possession below a certain threshold quantity are directed into holistic evidence-based treatment and reintegration programs. On 8-13 October 2011, MAC with funding by the Open Society Institute participated in a study tour to Lisbon, Portugal to understand these reforms. This report details findings of individual meetings, and policy recommendations to the Malaysian government.