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Germany: Cannabis legalization becomes election campaign issue

Millions of people regularly use illegal drugs. After Germany’s upcoming parliamentary election, drugs legalization looks set to be a new issue on the political agenda.

With watershed elections looming in Germany, some politicians are talking about a new approach to drug control.

The opposition Free Democrats (FDP), for whom civil liberties are a major issue, have called for the limited and legal sale to adults of “cannabis for leisure consumption.” In view of growing global sales of cannabis for medical purposes and private pleasure, the business-friendly FDP is even looking to turn “Cannabis Made in Germany” into a lucrative export product.

Things are really beginning to happen in the debate over illegal drugs — and, above all, cannabis. Half a century of restrictive drug policies across Europe has not helped to significantly stifle demand or slash supply. Even the coronavirus pandemic has had no real effect on the flourishing black market.

Despite lockdowns and border checks, “at the beginning of 2020, the European drug market was characterized by the widespread availability of a diverse range of drugs of increasingly high purity or potency,” said a report published in mid-June by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). [Read More @ DW.com]

 

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