Cannabis lovers greet Green legalization plan
Auch im Ausland wurde der aktuelle Gesetzentwurf der Grünen beobachtet. Das englischsprachige Online-Magazin The Local hat dazu unseren Geschäftsführer Georg Wurth interviewt:
Pro-legalization campaigners welcomed the Green party's move, although they said that it was unlikely to succeed.
“Politicians are definitely not ready for it, both CDU [Christian Democratic Union] and SPD [Social Democratic Party] will vote against it,” Georg Wurth of the German Hemp Federation (DHV) told The Local.
Germany's two largest parties, currently governing together in a 'grand coalition' of centre-left and centre-right, are unlikely to leapfrog public opinion.
A November poll by infratest dimap on behalf of the DHV showed that only 30 percent of people believed cannabis should be made completely legal, although 80 percent were in favour of legalizing cannabis as a medicine.
Wurth argued that despite the polls, the Greens were taking an important step forward with their proposal.
“It's a worthwhile contribution to the discussion, it's a milestone in the debate as the first detailed draft law,” Wurth said.
“I think more and more that we're not discussing so much whether cannabis will be legalized as when,” he added.
'Basically legal as a medicine'
Wurth pointed out that just as in the USA in the years leading up to legalization in some states, cannabis is now “basically legal as a medicine in Germany, although it's treated very restrictively.”
Figures released on Wednesday by the Federl Institute for Medicines and Medical Products (BfArM) showed that 382 Germans are currently legally taking cannabis as a painkiller.
A total of 424 licenses have been granted for doctor-supervised medical use of cannabis since a 2005 Supreme Court decision, although 42 of those patients have since died.