Upcoming Head of the United Nations Supported Marijuana Decriminalization
It looks like Antonio Guterres will be voted in as the next Secretary General of the United Nations. Antonio Guterres, the former leader of Portugal, worked to decriminalize marijuana in 2001 while in office in Portugal. Instead of arresting people found with a small amount of marijuana, he instead changed the law so that people are sent in front of a three-person commission who then determines the seriousness of their offense and hands down drug rehabilitation programs or civil penalties as warranted. A report published in 2009 by the Cato Institute found that since marijuana was decriminalized in Portugal that drug use by teenagers has gone down and the numbers of people who are enrolled in drug programs has gone up.
We’ll have to wait until January to see if Antonio Guterres will encourage other countries in the UN to decriminalize marijuana or if he will push for the revision of international drug treaties, but we will consider his appointment as a move in the right direction.