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Germany's Green Party, Christian Democratic Union Pushing for Cannabis Legalization

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    Economic policy spokespeople Joachim Pfeiffer of the CDU and Dieter Janecek of the Greens told broadcaster ARD that they thought it no longer made sense to criminalize possession of or trading in the drug.

    “Every year we spend between one and two billion euros to punish consumers, although real organized crime should be the focus of our efforts,” they wrote in a position paper. The pair believe that a state-regulated cannabis market would bring in between one and two billion euros of tax revenue annually, based on the examples of countries that have successfully liberalized their rules.

    The Institute for the German Economy (IdW) goes even further, suggesting that legalization could bring in up to €3.5 billion annually – putting the economists firmly in the pro-legalization camp. But the MPs also emphasized that the law would be aimed at protecting young people.

    “Instead of signalling to young adults that they're criminals, we should engage in a more productive dialogue with potential and actual consumers through a better-financed prevention programme,” they wrote. The move is an unusual alliance between an MP from a party in the governing coalition and another from an opposition party.

    Green party leaders recently presented a draft law laying out their ideas for how cannabis legalization could work in practice, and the party has a long history of being pro-legalization. But it will be tough for Pfeiffer to convince conservative colleagues of his position, even with the recent success of cannabis legalization in several US states to point to.

    The Local de/May 13, 2015
    Newshawk Crew

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    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Alfa
    Re: Germany's Green Party, Christian Democratic Union Pushing for Cannabis Legalizati

    Things are buzzing in Germany. The greens and the CDU hold over 50% of parliament together.
    The Pirate party (which only has 2% of the seats in the German municipalities and none in parliament) has also joined in.

    If Germany legalizes cannabis then this will have major impact on drug policy across Europe. Other countries will quickly follow.
    The Netherlands will have a serious problem, as it has been implementing a large number restrictive policies over the years and would be completely sidestepped by their larger neighbor. Dutch politicians would be forced to do an U-turn on their own policies.
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    Re: Germany's Green Party, Christian Democratic Union Pushing for Cannabis Legalizati

    This is quite an interesting turn of events, with Germany leading the way towards a more sane attitude towards cannabis. I do believe that if Germany legalizs cannabis, the U.S. and rest of the world will swing in that direction not long after as well. I will be intersted to see where this leads.
  3. Joe-(5-HTP)
    Re: Germany's Green Party, Christian Democratic Union Pushing for Cannabis Legalizati

    Germany is certainly the center of europe. This would be such an important progression, let's hope it works out. If you're from Germany, maybe you can do more than hope!
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