Is Decriminalization the Best Approach to Vermont’s, and Nation’s, Drug Abuse Problem?

Last week, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin made history as the first governor to devote his entire State of the State address to drug abuse and addiction. This is a great milestone itself, but his proposed increases in funding for treatment programs will only do so much to fight the state’s drug abuse crisis. To seriously reduce the harms of drug abuse, Gov. Shumlin and every other governor facing similar crises should consider decriminalizing the possession of all drugs.

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