Drug use should no longer be punished, but treated. In a historic move Norway has decriminalised use of drugs. According to VG “The majority will stop punishing people who struggle, but instead give them help and treatment,” said Nicolas Wilkinson, SV’s health spokesman in the Parliament.
There are the parties Ap, Right, SV and Left behind the change. Wilkinson says it’s a march order to the government to start work on moving the first-line reaction to drug addicts from the courtroom to the health service.
“This is the start of a big rush reform. Now a big effort is being done to switch the system from punishment to help, says the SV representative.
Now, a large aid device must be built up to allow the users to get help right away, from detoxification to the heaviest users and to the social follow-up of young people taken with a small dose,” Wilkonson told VG.
“It is important to emphasize that we do not legalize cannabis and other drugs, but we decriminalize,” said Sveinung Stensland (H), deputy chairman of the Storting Health Committee.
“The change will take some time, but that means a changed vision: Those who have a substance abuse problem should be treated as ill, and not as criminals with classical sanctions such as fines and imprisonment,” says Stensland to VG.
Prior to the National Assembly in the Right of the Spring, Minister of Health, Bent Høie (H) in VG, advised that he had turned from believing in punishment, rather to offer assistance and treatment .
A few days later, SV followed up with a similar country meeting decision . and in April, Ap agreed that drugs should still be illegal, but that addicts should get help instead of punishment.
The majority in the Storting writes in the statement that they “wish to transfer responsibility for the community’s follow-up for the use and possession of illicit drugs for their own use, from the justice sector to the health service