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Danish drug policy—shifting from liberalism to repression

Vibeke Frank (Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, University of Aarhus)

Drugs and Alcohol Today

ISSN: 1745-9265

Article publication date: 1 June 2008



In the course of the 2000s Denmark has experienced a shift in drug policy in general and of cannabis policy in particular. Danish drug policy used to be known as liberal, but is now saturated with ‘zero‐tolerance’ and ‘tough on crimes’ rhetoric. What happened, and what have the consequences been? This article describes recent changes, focusing on the closing of Pusher Street in Christiania, Copenhagen, one of northern Europe's largest open cannabis markets. This most spectacular outcome can also be seen as a conquered symbol of a former liberal ‐ and for many too lenient ‐ drug policy.



Frank, V. (2008), "Danish drug policy—shifting from liberalism to repression", Drugs and Alcohol Today, Vol. 8 No. 2, pp. 26-33.



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