The controversial cannabis legalization is getting closer: A possible traffic light coalition could legalize smoking weed. Because: All three traffic light parties are calling for the controlled distribution of THC-containing cannabis to adults.
Dietmar Schilff, Deputy Federal Chairman of the Police Union (GdP), and Georg Wurth, Head of the German Hemp Association, discussed possible legalization at BILD Live.
Is the stoner coalition coming now?
For GdP Vice Schilff it is clear: The stoner coalition should not come!
Schilff argued with health risks and the influence of cannabis on crime: Experts like the child and adolescent psychiatrist Prof. Dr. Rainer Thomasius would warn of the consequences of years of cannabis use.
In addition, it is the question of “whether, in addition to the drugs we have, alcohol, nicotine and others, we also release another drug that also has an impact on crime and has an impact on road traffic”.
► Schilff’s boss, the federal chairman of the GdP Oliver Malchow, warned even more clearly about the stoner traffic light in the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung”: It makes no sense to open the door for another “dangerous and often played down” in addition to the legal but dangerous alcohol Open drug. “It has to be an end to glossing over the joint.”
Hemp Association boss Wurth held on Thursday at BILD Live against it: Although there are risks with cannabis consumption, these are lower compared to alcohol. “Together, alcohol and tobacco kill over 100,000 people every year. Cannabis: zero deaths! ”
Nobody thinks about banning alcohol. For Wurth the matter is clear: “To me that sounds like double standards.”
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Economist Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap from the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) is in favor of legalization. His argument: the fight against crime.
Haucap to BILD: “The experiences from the USA show: If you do the legalization well, the black market dries up. We can already see that with alcohol. Most of them buy it legally in liquor stores or in the supermarket, even if there are people who illegally distill schnapps. “
If the tax on cannabis is not too high and it is not available in just a few shops, the black market will collapse, according to Haucap. “Who likes to buy from illegal dealers when you can buy it legally in the store?”