Which countries have decriminalised and how?

Some form of decriminalisation has been adopted in 30 countries – with significant differences and levels of effectiveness.    

Drug Decriminalisation Across the World - Interactive Map: This interactive map provides an overview of these models, offering insights into decriminalisation laws, their implementation and impact. This map was developed by a partnership of Release, the International Drug Policy Consortium, and Accountability International View the map

Countries (and States) that have decriminalised drug useglobal map

  • Antigua + Barbuda
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Australian States:  South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Northern Australia  
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Estonia
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • South Africia
  • Spain
  • Switzerland
  • United States of America: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nervada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C.
  • Uruguay
  • Virgin Islands (US Territory)

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.