A wider trend for drug law reform is arising out of a felt need to make legislation more effective and more humane. Within this trend, a number of countries have considered decriminalisation or depenalisation models and many have, at least initially, considered threshold quantities as a good way to distinguish between what is possession and what is supply or trafficking and as a means to ensure that the sentences imposed are proportionate to the harmfulness of the offence.
The TNI-EMCDDA Expert seminar on threshold quantities took place in Lisbon, in January 2011. The participants reflected on the advantages and disadvantages of threshold quantities as a policy and legislative tool. The seminar aimed to provide a springboard to inform current debate and to assist the elaboration of evidence-based drug law reform proposals now and in the future.
- The state of the debate in the EU; and,
- Law reform proposals and the threshold dilemma.