German cops favor decriminalizing cannabis

German cops favor decriminalizing cannabis

Here's some support from a somewhat unlikely source: German police officers have released a statement calling for a "complete decriminalization of cannabis consumers." The head of an organization that represents German police officers has made a statement that the current system in Germany is oppressive and "allows criminal careers to start." Andre Schulz, head of a police group called the BDK, says that "the prohibition of cannabis was, viewed historically, arbitrary," and is causing more problems than it prevents.

Sounds about right to us! Of course, the police don't have any actual power to change the law, but it's interesting to hear them calling out the rest of the country for continuing cannabis restrictions that are more punishing than helpful. Schulz still says that driving while high should be illegal, but he's exactly right when he says that people are essentially arbitrarily being punished for carrying around a drug that can be more beneficial than not. Hopefully cannabis restrictions will continue to change, not just in the US, but around the entire world.

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