As MPs prepare to address Britain’s 43-year-old drug laws in a landmark debate, we look at countries that have adopted some form of decriminalisation of drug possession - including America. All information comes from a 2012 report from Release, an NGO which campaigns for better drug laws.
A spokesperson for Release told i100 : "Implementing such a model does not, in fact, lead to an uptick in drug use as some suggest it might. The updated version of our report, due out next year, finds a continuation of this trend. The removal of criminal sanctions for drug possession is a model that needs to be explored on a wider scale given its success rates in other countries."
Ruled against criminalisation of drug possession for personal consumption in 2009.
Removed drug use and possession statutes from its criminal code in 2008.
Cannabis decriminalised in some states.
Possession of cannabis is decriminalised.
Possession was de-penalised in 2006.
Possession for personal use decriminalised when in private.
Possession for personal use decriminalised.
Possession is decriminalised.
Possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use is decriminalised.
In 1994, the German Federal Constitutional Court ruled criminal penalties for individuals for possession or importation of small amounts of cannabis were unconstitutional.
In 2011 Italy's highest court ruled individuals could legally grow small amounts of cannabis, Release say.
Possession of small amounts of some drugs for personal use is decriminalised.
Drugs are illegal but there is a policy of non-enforcement.
Possession of small amounts of some drugs is de-penalised.
Consumption of coca leaves has never been criminalised.
In 2011 gave prosecutors discretion not to prosecute drug possession.
All drug use decriminalised.
Personal possession decriminalised.
Possession of drugs for personal use has never been criminalised.
Cannabis is decriminalised in some states.