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Cannabis: Police unions warn against legalization


The possible coalition partners FDP and Greens support the legalization of cannabis, the SPD is considering model projects. Now the police unions are getting involved in the debate.

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A man smokes a joint: the police unions are against cannabis legalization

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Police unions have warned negotiators of a coalition made up of the SPD, Greens and FDP against legalizing cannabis.

The federal chairman of the police union (GdP), Oliver Malchow, told the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung" that there was no point in opening the door to another "dangerous and often trivialized" drug in addition to the legal but dangerous alcohol. "You have to stop trying to gloss over the joint," he said. The consumption of cannabis can lead to considerable health problems and social conflicts, especially among young people.

The chairman of the German Police Union (DPolG), Rainer Wendt, told the newspaper that cannabis is not only a dangerous gateway drug, but also a danger, especially for young people, because its composition cannot be controlled.

Wendt fears fatal consequences, especially in road traffic.

Accidents with injured people are already occurring again and again due to cannabis consumption.

The control by the police is completely inadequate.

The FDP and the Greens are in favor of legalizing cannabis and "selling it in licensed specialist shops".

The SPD advocates a "regulated charge" to adults in model projects.

ptz / dpa

Source: spiegel

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