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EU Drug-Monitoring Agency Chief Says No U.S.-Like Cannabis Legislation in the Making

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    LISBON - European Union countries are unlikely to legalise marijuana any time soon as some parts of the United States have done recently, EU drug monitoring agency chief Wolfgang Gotz said on Thursday.

    He did not spell out why he expected no corresponding EU moves. But in a statement, his agency said a key finding in its latest annual report was a "marked rise in the potency and purity of Europe's most commonly used illicit drugs, fuelling concerns for the health of users who, wittingly or unwittingly, may be consuming stronger products".

    It also pointed out an increase in the numbers of cannabis-related health emergencies in Europe between 2008 and 2012.

    Gotz told a briefing arranged to present the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction's report: "In Europe I do not know any government, or parliamentary majority backing a government, that is currently seriously discussing cannabis legalisation or regulation in a different way.

    "I don't see a discussion coming up of the level as it is in the Americas," he said in Lisbon, the agency's headquarters.

    Portugal pioneered the decriminalisation of all drug use in 2001 and some countries have followed suit, making possession of small quantities of drugs, especially marijuana, a misdemeanour rather than criminal offence.

    Germany allows seriously ill patients to grow, buy and consume their own cannabis under a special license, and medical marijuana is legal in the Czech Republic, but otherwise cultivation and use remain illegal in the EU.

    In the United States, 23 states and the District of Columbia allow medical marijuana, and voters in four states have gone further by approving the drug for recreational use by adults. But the drug remains illegal under federal law, which classifies pot as a dangerous narcotic with no current medical use.

    The EU drug monitoring agency said technical innovation and market competition have led to an increase in the potency of cannabis, the purity of cocaine and the MDMA-content in ecstasy tablets.

    It also flagged market changes such as detection of heroin processing laboratories in Europe and a greater diversification of trafficking routes and opioid products, which, combined with a substantial increase in opium production in Afghanistan, could reverse declines in heroin supply and stagnation of demand.



    By Andrei Khalip - Reuters/June 4, 2015
    http://www.trust.org/item/20150604150156-wnn06/?
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Comments

  1. Joe-(5-HTP)
    Re: EU Drug-Monitoring Agency Chief Says No U.S.-Like Cannabis Legislation in the Mak

    "marked rise in the potency and purity of Europe's most commonly used illicit drugs, fuelling concerns for the health of users who, wittingly or unwittingly, may be consuming stronger products".

    That's something that legalization can solve.. so what is this nonsense?

    It was America which pushed the rest of the world to adopt draconian drug laws. Once that pressure is released, and the statistics showing legalization doesn't lead to chaos come in, it will fuel legalization in europe.

    "It also pointed out an increase in the numbers of cannabis-related health emergencies in Europe between 2008 and 2012."

    Number of people died from cannabis vs alcohol/tobacco..? /end of argument.
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    Re: EU Drug-Monitoring Agency Chief Says No U.S.-Like Cannabis Legislation in the Mak

    Agreed.

    Personally, I can't see how the EU not be almost forced to legalize cannabis, once much of the rest of the world (especially the US) go legal, or at least decriminalize weed and get it off the damned schedule I level.

    Of course if a conservative gets into office during America's next presidential election, the whole pot legalization movement in the U.S. will be slowed down, though not ended. But if a liberal willing to fight for changing the federal laws on cannabis gets into office, I can't help but think the EU will likely follow--though not necessarily right away, as Britain has always been more conservative than its American cousin.

    Truth is, drugs will either be legalized or people will continue to fight for their right to personal freedoms, and change governments forever for the better in the process. It's all just a matter of time now, I'm guessing.
  3. ianzombie
    Re: EU Drug-Monitoring Agency Chief Says No U.S.-Like Cannabis Legislation in the Mak

    They will change their tune when they realise how much money is to be made from it and how much they are losing in tourism.
  4. Beenthere2Hippie
    Re: EU Drug-Monitoring Agency Chief Says No U.S.-Like Cannabis Legislation in the Mak

    Exactly. Money talks. Done deal.
  5. Alfa
    Re: EU Drug-Monitoring Agency Chief Says No U.S.-Like Cannabis Legislation in the Mak

    Reuters should do its research before publishing such nonsense. Denial of news is no better than propaganda.

    [​IMG]
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