AUF, the youth wing of the Labour Party, and Socialist Youth, the junior wing of the Socialist Left Party, have endorsed an end to legal punishments for drug users.
The far-left Red Youth has also adopted a platform that calls on Norway to completely legalize the use of soft drugs.
“We don’t encourage anyone to take drugs, but there are limits to how long we can accept a drug policy that does not work,” the youth party’s leader, Linn-Elise Ohn Mehlen, told Klassekampen.
The youth parties’ positions may represent a significant change in Norway, where left-wing parties have a long tradition of supporting very restrictive narcotics policies.
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However, the mother parties on the left have not endorsed their youth chapters’ plans just yet although Labour did join AUF in backing heroin-assisted health care to the heaviest drug abusers.
Around 260 Norwegians die from drug overdoses each year. Only Estonia has more overdose deaths per capita.