After prohibition: A speculative look at Norway, after the war on drugs
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In 2020 a proposal for a new drug policy in Norway will be considered. The policy transfers the responsibility of handling people with drug-use related challenges from the justice sector to the health sector. This is expected to depenalise drugs for personal consumption to some degree. The shift in attitudes from drug use as crime to drug use as health challenge might open the conversation towards the possibility of legalisation of drugs for recreational use. The topic is inflamed and the two main factions, “for regulation” and “against regulation” act like echo-chambers; making the debate climate hostile and moving slowly. Power imbalances also play a major part. One side is backed by police and the other have traditionally been supporting criminal activity. After prohibition uses a process consisting of futures, design fiction, service design and discursive design methods to work around the echo-chambers and power dynamics. It engages each faction in structured dialogues about difficult questions that might come up under the new policy. The dialogues attempt to create understanding of the opposing factions points of view and intentions. By understanding each other, and engaging in public discussion we can move forward into a Norway, after prohibition.