Which countries have decriminalised and how?

Models of decriminalisation implemented all over the world vary widely.  Release, the UK centre for expertise on drugs and drug laws in their 2016 report  ‘A Quiet Revolution: Drug Decriminalisation Across the Globe,’ analysed over 25 jurisdictions around the world that have decriminalised drugs, finding a surge toward this drug policy model in the past 15 years. 

Models of decriminalisation: This e-tool, developed by the International Drug Policy Consortium will allow you to compare models of decriminalisation

Countries that have decriminalised drug useglobal map

  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australia · South Australia · Australian Capital Territory (ACT) · Northern Australia · Western Australia
  • Belgium
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Ecuador
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • The Netherlands
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • The Russian Federation
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United States of America · California · Washington D.C.
  • Uruguay