By LeeWEpstein

October 29, 2019

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the party of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Openly considers a major shift in the party’s attitude towards the legalization of cannabis.

“Cannabis could be allowable for personal use, of course through controlled production and distribution. ” said Marian Wendt, CDU domestic policy spokesperson. “Resources freed by the police and the judiciary should be used to fight illegal trade. »

The German Government’s Drug Commissioner, Daniela Ludwig, also announced earlier this week before a new, more liberal drug policy in the Conservative Party. “We must stop debates based on good or bad approaches because we will never move forward. »

Instead, Daniela Ludwig proposes that drug policy should be practical. “Ultimately, what is the best way to protect the health of people, especially young people, and what is the most sensible way forward about the situation in this country? »

Daniela Ludwig also said that the party had “been thinking about “legalization” for years”. “Of course, you don’t go addicted after trying it once,” she added. “That’s exactly why we looked at different projects for controlled distribution. »

Tone Change

This statement, although rather cautious, reflects a change of tone with the former CDU officials. Marlene Mortler, the former German Government Drug Commissioner, said last year, for example, in a statement: “The ongoing debate on legalization is going in the wrong direction. He suggests to young people in particular that cannabis is not a dangerous substance, that is simply not true! «.

Cannabis is legal only for medical use in Germany. Depending on Länder, cannabis is more or less decriminalized. No pursuit is usually set below 6 grams. Berlin or North Rhine-Westphalia are quite flexible on this limit. When driving, the presence of THC also no longer necessarily leads to prosecution.

Angela Merkel’s party is the last of the main political parties in Germany that maintains a strictly restrictive approach to drugs, against the legalization policies defined by the social democrats and liberal democrats, the Greens, and the left party.

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