ME&EU_featured_10_cannabisShould ‘soft drugs’ like cannabis be legal? On 21 Febuary 2017, a majority of MPs in the Netherlands (77 to 72) arguably took a step in that direction when they backed new legislation to regulate marijuana cultivation under government control. Should other countries now follow their lead?

In theory, the weed business could bring in a decent amount of cash in tax revenue. The average coffeeshop in the Netherlands (where cannabis is decriminalised and taxed, but not technically legal) has an annual revenue of about €1.7 million from weed and hash. Nevertheless, business can be tough. The number of coffeeshops in the Netherlands has been declining over the years, from a high (aha!) of 846 in 1999, to around 582 in 2015.

Nevertheless, besides a potential tax boost, supporters argue that legalising cannabis could also bring about savings in the judicial system. If weed was legal, then less drug dealers and customers would potentially end up in the courts or jails. On the other hand, critics argue that even so-called ‘soft’ drugs can be highly addictive, and some argue that cannabis is linked to mental health issues like schizophrenia and depression.

What do our readers think? We had a comment sent in from Nuno on our ‘Suggest a Debate’ page, arguing that cannabis should be legalised, regulated and taxed. Is he right? Or would that essentially turn the government into a drug dealer?

Should cannabis be legalised across the EU? We asked Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from all sides of the political spectrum to stake out their positions on this question, and it’s up to YOU to vote for the policies you favour. See what the different MEPs have to say, then vote at the bottom of this debate for the one you most agree with! Take part in the vote below and tell us who you support in the European Parliament!

Radical Left
Fabio de Masi (GUE/NGL), Member of the European Parliament:

Greens
Margrete Auken (Group of the Greens), Member of the European Parliament:

aukenMy party is in favour, I’m a little bit reluctant… But you can say: ‘Is it more dangerous than alcohol’? Probably not. So, I think it should be left to the Member States, and it is still an open discussion with important pros and cons.

Liberal Democrats
Kaja Kallas (ALDE), Member of the European Parliament:

Centre Right
Bendt Bendtsen (EPP), Member of the European Parliament:

Conservatives
Daniel Dalton (ECR), Member of the European Parliament and Vice-Chair of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group:

Eurosceptics

Nigel Farage (EFDD), Member of the European Parliament (NOTE: We contacted EFDD MEPs for comment but they did not reply in time for publication. The below is from an interview with Nigel Farage):

Farage_populismI personally think that the war on drugs was lost many, many years ago and that the lives of millions of people in Britain are being made miserable by the huge criminal element that surrounds the illicit drugs trade and I do think that Portugal does show us that perhaps there is a better, more enlightened way to deal with this… I’m not pro-drugs by the way, as someone with teenage children, and I’ve seen fairly close to hand the damage that drugs can do to young people. So I hate drugs, I’ve never taken them myself, I hope I never do, but I just have a feeling that the criminalisation of all these drugs is actually not really helping British society…

Curious to know more about cannabis laws across Europe? We’ve put together some facts and figures in the infographic below (click for a bigger version).10-ME&EU-Cannabis
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  1. Bobi Dochev

    NO they shouldn’t!!!
    It can for medical purpose, but only in controlled environment!

  2. Higaara Nakamura

    Yes, without any doubt. Like abortions, it should be available and regulated, but it is not mandatory, so I still not understand the No position.

  3. JD Blaha

    How would it be legalised across the EU – there is no EU mechanism or authority to do this. This question is promoting ignorance about how the EU works (or doesn’t).

  4. Yannick Cornet

    It’s a very benign recreational product. There is no reason to leave the supply (and the profits) to thugs. Christiania in Copenhagen has been struggling with this absurd reality for years, dodging both the government’s harassment on one side and the reality of having to allow organised crime deal with the supply on the other. Legalising would be so much simpler, fairer and better for the whole of society, providing tax revenues (like that of alcohol), better choice and safer product quality, and freeing police resources for more relevant endeavours. Seems like a no-brainer. Then again, I’m also Canadian, and we seem to have made our mind on this lately – funny that Europe is not leading on being progressive this time around.

    • Diaconu George Razvan

      Europe is being held up at gunpoint by populists and conservatorysm , the european version of trump! No progress for Europe in the near future!

  5. Nando Aidos

    Cannabis is just the tip of the iceberg.
    The real question is – what should Europe do with respect to substance abuse? Who should be decriminalized? Who should be criminalized? And what are the social goals to be achieved?
    Once we can answer these questions then we can address cannabis, alcohol, tabacco, opium, crack, and all others.
    The problem is not cannabis.
    The problem is the social goal we are trying to achieve.

    • Nicola Piazzalunga

      I think the best social goal we could have would be to properly make properly scientifically informed citizens and to empower them by letting the choice be free.

  6. George Plaskasovitis

    In my personal opinion, it should be legalised in the near future. First of all, it should be immediately discriminalised in all EU and not kids get arrested like criminals for having or smoking. Then, legalise for medical use, under strict governmental control, but also help farmers who want to go into this business. Finally, for recreational use, it should be under each country’s decision to legalise, but still no one gets arrested if not under medical prescription. A small fine or some mandatory seminars would better. Cannabis has been proven less harmful than alcohol or cigarettes which are legal.

    George P. from Greece

  7. Lucas Benitez

    Like all drugs it should be regulated by the state to eradicate, crime, corruption and mafias.

    • Domenico Galardo

      Governement is the problem not the solution !

  8. Aurelian Sv

    How can you ask a plant to be legalized since it is for free, like the grass near the street.

  9. Heba Elshazly

    Yes, with a clear industrial line and distribution, a suitable working conditions and health insurance and salaries for workers, clear paid taxes , and a supervision as well as awareness !

  10. NZt Limitless

    Cannabis is the ancient “grass of the devil” used by very black and destructive “wannabe” sorcerers,shall we see what happens next!!! :D

    • LocoDice

      Lol dude stop using pesticides as a gateway drug

  11. Francesco Dondi

    Sadly no, it would just be used by Euroskeptics as example of central imposition.
    Do the minimum well to ensure a shared prosperity, and let everything else to lower level.

  12. Maria Diakoumi

    HELL NO…,WHAT ALL THESE BIG PHARMACY COMPANIES ARE GONNA DO ?TURN INTO THIEVES?PLEASE STOP SPREADING THESE NONSENCE , AND DO IT FOR OUR CHILDREN AT BAYERN INC…!

  13. Y a r i

    Of course it should be legalised, and the debate about this topic should be moved to something more appropriate to these times, like “What are the social reasons why it was stigmatised and delegalised in the first place?”

    • LocoDice

      Good point 👍🏻

  14. EU Reform- Proactive

    OMG- what else? None of the (EU) politicians is clear and definite about it.

    It may be due to their limited experience or the incentive as law makers to create additional tax revenue to fund a bloated bureaucracy, increase the general public’s risk profile, “dimming” them down & sacrifice a still somewhat sober society. Who would benefit?

    Enough damage done already due to political silliness! An example of others & a recreational lust by some, should not be a reason to subject the majority.

    Surely, nobody would object using it as a medicinal prescription drug which is professionally supervised & covered by medical aid. Why risk increasing a zombie culture- which is increasingly done by industrial pharmaceuticals & by some doctors over prescribing certain drugs?

    If still unsure, invite all 751 EP members plus the JCJ Commission on a “cannabis smoking experiment” for a few month- (smokers & non smokers) and evaluate the outcome. On one condition: they must comprehensively take out & pay for personal insurance in their name for their car, health and all third party risk. Afterwards, let’s discuss this matter again.

  15. Christopher Manusk

    It should just be legal everywhere. People are going to do it regardless of it being legal or illegal anyway.

  16. Aleksandrs Frederiks Znovs

    Of course!!! Who is still has doubts?! :D Less crimes, less rapes, less robbery, less diseases. More fun, more kindness, more happiness, more smiles.

    • Matthew

      Why not? There’s not really much harm it can actually do.

    • EU Reform- Proactive

      Matthew, really? Just ONE small example:

      Imagine some parents (are you a parent yet?) have some 14- 18 year old “children” (the most “difficult age” group). Some silly politicians declare & promote 16 year old’s as political “mature” enough to vote.

      Those 16 year old ones want listen & respect their parents anymore (should they wish to explain, advise & forbid them do stay away from such “Russian roulette” games)- but will support the political silliness instead! They are just so cool & progressive! A breakdown in trust & discipline within a family=society could be just ONE consequence!

      However, nobody (from the “authorities”) would likely stop you acting silly, should it remain illegal- caught or not- except a caring parent! Imagine a government is being sued in a class action in future for “destroying” their youth- by abandoning some of their important overall responsibilities- “to protect”?

      Politician and children alike do not care about the overall well being & fabric of a healthy society anymore= protection of the collective majority. Instead, the state sets an example to embark on a self centered & egoistic suicidal mission- serving mainly their narrow agenda of gaining popular favor & votes.

  17. Sue R

    Certainly legalise it for medicine. The big pharmas won’t like it though…..
    Maybe if it was legalised for recreational use, the over-strong rubbish known as skunk might disappear too.
    Aspirin originated from a plant. Morphine comes from a plant. It’s a natural medicine.

  18. danae.mairh

    From our point of view, canabis should be legalised in EU because it could be used in pharmacy. Also it is legal in the Netherlands and why not be legal in other Eu countries. Last but not least, for those who support that canabis is dangerous it will be used solely by poeple who are over 21 and besides that everyone is responsible for their actions and the consequences they have on them, so it could be used wisely and with responsibility.

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    SeanOf1982

    As an Irish Citizen of 35 years of age I find the debate for Legalising Cannabis going on for far too long. In Ireland too many of our Government resources have been put into the “War against Drugs” with main policing of drugs focused on cannabis users due to being easy targets. We have mainly Centre/ Centre right governing since the formation of the Irish state and not one of them have had an effective drug policy or vision going forward. Cannabis Users are demonised by misinformation by successive Governments, the police and the media.
    In our courts system “criminals” use cannabis usage as a defense when they are being tried for cases such as assault, public order offences etc. The court will look on the guilty persons usage of cannabis as a favorable reason why they committed the criminal act they are been tried for. This shows the Justice system is ignorant to the true nature of cannabis when it takes as truth these fairy tale” stories.Alcohol and harder drug usage are the real reasons. Alcohol is given light regulation due to the money the industry gets so a “scapegoat” has to be found to hide from the true nature of the problem.This has a knock on affect with the media coverage of such court cases and in forming government policy.

    Many of my friends and I have consumed cannabis throughout our life time and some of us continue to do so today. All of us are law abiding citizens in every other avenue of our lives. We have manage to hold down employment, never suffer or have suffered illl effects when using cannabis over 15 years.Not once while under the influence of cannabis have we committed a crime of social disorder,assaults or criminal act. The same cannot be said when dealing with Alcohol in Ireland.

    The EU in order to push this debate forward need to speak to cannabis users in order to get the best perspective of this topic. We are the ones who use it. It is no good talking to or debating with people who have never used or taken cannabis just once because their opinion on it is not valuable to the debate to keep legalise it.

    When I was growing up I did not consume cannabis until I was at the age of 20.I was an advocate for anti drugs. If anyone told me during those years they were taking drugs Id disown them, I did not want anything to do with this type of person. This was due to the fear factor associated to all drugs which I had learned from my parents, my family, Government and the Media. This is wrong. Only after getting involved with cannabis did become aware of the truth.

    The first time I took Cannabis it did not have a bad effect just different to normal life. I felt Mellow and calm.Once you remain calm during this initial period you have nothing to worry about because the effect of cannabis wears off and it does not suddenly make you want to go out and kill someone. The more use I had of cannabis the more it allowed me focus my thoughts and control my mind.The more cannabis I would consume in a sitting the more mellow and productive id be. When consuming Alcohol the more I consumed in a sitting the more angry I got with less control over my thoughts.

    There will always be the pharma or recreational drug user who should not be consuming drugs due to mental issues the consumer already has before taking a drug, to blame cannabis for these problems is a total cop out. I suffered years from Migraines and the more pharmaceutical I took the more sick and useless it made me.Thankfully cannabis resolved it and I have rarely if anytime needed to visit a doctor due to sickness since. Cannabis users should not have to continue to suffer the ignorance of bad policy and decision making whether it be for medical or recreational purposes.

    Legalise it now

  20. lennard

    I think weed is good for everybody, it should be given out for free!

  21. Emma

    I think cannabis shouldn’t be legalised because people use it in the wrong way. If it would have been only in medical purpose then it would have been more okey. People are doing it in either it’s legal or not, but then they can have consequences like a penalty. Cannabis can cause diseases of the lungs, heart and headache etc. A person who smokes cannabis becomes more accessible for diseases and other side effects can be pains in the legs and back. Cannabis affects the brain and emotional and panic disorder can happen. Other consequences can be that people who used to be happy and extrovert can instead be unconcerned and shy of people. A study shows that people who smoke cannabis also has a lower IQ because of less brain function. It also shows that it can trigger schizophrenia. If you become addicted, it may also be difficult to handle information and have a worse memory. Cannabis is not a drug that makes you smarter or something, it just destroys your brain and your body. Therefore shouldn’t it be legalised, because people don’t understand the consequences of the drug. Like a said, in medical purpose I think it would be legalised because that can help people with their pain, but otherwise, really no!

  22. Tina

    I think cannabis should be legal under certain circumstances. It has emerged that cannabis could help people with different diseases for example nervous system disease, psychoses and schizophrenia and more. It could help in several ways for diseases. It’s also scientifically proven that alcohol is more dangerous for your body than cannabis but alcohol is legal and cannabis is not. Cannabis could and is used for different things, some use it for medication, self medication and some just use it for fun.

    My opinion is that cannabis should be legal for only two things. If you want to use cannabis for fun should the laws work the same way as for alcohol. No smoking in public, do not smoke and drive and so on. A good idea is to have “zones” in different places in the country where you can use cannabis, like bars where you can drink alcohol. I think it would reduce the risk that people smoke in public places because there are places where you can do it where it’s going to be legal.

    I also believe that crime would have decreased a lot because people will no longer able to make money from it in the same way. Why buy cannabis from dealers when you can buy it legally in a store who have permission to sell it?

  23. K Ali

    Cannabis should be legally when it comes to medical treatments under government control. Studies are now starting to show marijuana’s potential in aggressive cancerous brain tumors. Since cannabis was legalized in Colorado, many feared that it would lead to increased consumption among youth. In fact, legalization has had the exact opposite effect – due to education and regulations restricting use to adults. And keeping it illegally is expensive and on the other side with legalized cannabis creates jobs and could also eliminate the black market. Last but not least, in comparative on the risks of recreational drugs, alcohol was the top contender, while cannabis was considered the lowest risk. That makes cannabis 114 times safer to use than alcohol.

    • Bobi Dochev

      So… should we then legalize robbery, people smugglers and some other crimes, just because they could pay taxes?

    • Arsenij Krassikov

      Mentioned crimes are done against one person will or property, while substance use isn’t same kind of action. You cannot compare it.

    • Ricardo Pinhal

      Bobi Dochev don’t step on one’s liberty to roll up a joint and smoke it! Ridiculous the comparison u made here…

    • Marc Henry

      Now u trying to compare apples with pears. Smoking pot noone gets hurt, killed or injured. The only damage if at all you doing to urself. Dont punish consumers is what they are pushing for and taking this business away from criminals.

      If alcohol would be invented now it would be a class A drug. More people die of booze. Alcohols impact on society and the costs for the health system is much higher than smoking a jolly is but is sold on every street corner. The war on booze was lost during prohibtion. The war on drugs too but still billions are spent on this war. These billions could be used for more useful things like prevention

    • Ricardo Pinhal

      Apparently yes, Giulia Noia Dipresa…

    • Oli Lau

      That’s precisely because it is illegal that the market is in the hand of the mafia and not honest shopkeepers…

    • Любомир Иванчев

      Trade is controlled by the mafia exactly because it is illegal. If it gets legalized there will be legitimate businesses that produce and trade cannabis products just like there are companies who produce alcoholic drinks and tobacco products. They will not only pay taxes, but there will also be at least some level of quality control over their product and at least some control over underage usage.

  24. Arsenij Krassikov

    I have a bit of free time now. Taking it rationally, what are pros and cons for it, especially taking the history of criminalisation at Nixon times.

    cons of legalization:
    – drug use for fun is considered as norm like alcohol, nicotine
    – higher risk of associated problems like driving under influence

    Pros:
    – no black market and profits for criminal organisations
    – lower costs of law enforcement
    – imprisonment stops which lower costs and avoid drop out from society
    – opioids and probably other dangerous medical drugs can be replaced by cheaper medical weed

  25. Vytautas Vėžys

    You do understand that all this “Should it be mandatory across Europa” is reason EU collapsing? Stay with trades and economic….

  26. Paweł Kunio

    It could. At the same time synthetic cannabinoids should get full ban and full extent of law and police removing it from market.

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    Bogdan Carmaciu

    I am curious why this is a debate in Europe to begin with. I would say that a phase-in would be needed. First, a decriminalization that would permit study so that all sides can have the time to study any kind of real social impact (who is more likely to consume and possibly abuse) as well as medical (who would benefit) and economical impact (how big is the black market and how much can be taxed if at all). After that I would see every country should decide by itself.

  28. Yannick Cornet

    It’s already so commonly available across the EU that one may be tempted to forget it is illegal. Laws need to catch up with reality.

  29. Aleksejs Adamenko

    yes definitely,but none of those fools made an honest answer,and none of them talked about + of marijuana,so they know nothing about it.all they care is getting your vote….

  30. Cris Popa

    My opinion: a clear YES both for consumption and limited production. Why yes?

    The public wants it and it would be good for the economy. Why has the law not been changed?

    Dozen TV shows promise to examine what cannabis does to the brain. Many of us had already seen the clips of test persons struggling after a massive dose of high strength marijuana (the equivalent of forcing a teetotaller to down a bottle of vodka and then asking him how he feels).

    But beyond the effects of cannabis on the brain, isn’t it time for a wider discussion on the potential effects of safe, regulated cannabis consumption on society?

    How much is cannabis worth these days?
    According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction the annual consumption of marijuana in Europe could be in the range of 1000 to 7000 tonnes; the retail price per gram ranges between 5 to 25 Euros and the amount of people that annually uses marijuana in Europe is estimated to be around 22 million. A simple back-of-the envelop calculation would suggest that, taking only average figures, the actual retail market could amount to as much as 60 billion Euros. By comparison, the retail turnovers for alcohol and tobacco are about 90 billion Euros and 140 billion Euros respectively.

    In Europe no Member State has so far fully legalized marijuana. However the Netherlands have notoriously adopted a tolerant approach. Accordingly, “coffee shops” are allowed to sell marijuana to consumers although its production remains illegal in the country, leading to reliance on black wholesale markets. Dutch statistics reveal that the retail turnover of the marijuana business is about 2 billion Euros a year, which brings more or less 400 million Euros a year in taxes to the Government.

    State of Colorado in the USA, after one year of legalization of marijuana, has reported that the retail business was about 700 million dollars which generated about 63 million in taxes for the coffer of the State. Colorado is a small State of about 5 million people, the tax revenues therefore amount to a non-negligible 12 million dollars per capita.

    While tax revenues depend on the excise duties applied, the cases of the Netherlands and Colorado suggest that from retail activities only, the Government can obtain between 10% and 20% in taxes. Should we apply an average of 15% to an estimated European retail business for marijuana of 35 billion Euros, this would yield about 5.2 bn Euros per year in taxes. Just as a term of reference, this amount would be roughly equal to the 7-years budget of the Connecting Europe Facility for Energy.

    Saving on prisons…

    The legalization of marijuana would bring about a sharp reduction of drugs-related criminal offences. Cannabis-related offences in Europe are considered to be around 50-70% of all drugs-related offences, this amounted in 2012 to 850.000 offences reported by the police. The average cost per day of keeping a person in prison in Europe is about 100 Euros. Assuming that every person arrested for cannabis spends at least one day in prison, this would mean an average cost for European governments of about 85 million Euros per year. But of course drugs-offenders may spend much more than one day in prison.

    A more comprehensive estimation based on the total prison population in Europe puts the annual amount spent by EU Governments on drugs-related imprisonment at 3.7-5.9 billion Euros per year. While not all these costs would be eliminated by legalizing cannabis, since some may be related to other drugs, one could assume that a significant reduction would take place, probably in the range of 50%. Taking a conservative hypothesis the saving could amount to about 2 billion Euros a year.

    …and income for farmers…

    Estimating the potential income of potential cannabis producers in Europe is an ultra-heroic exercise. First of all, we would need to assume that legalization does not only allow consumption but also production. Second we would need to assume that part of the current agricultural land would be used to produce cannabis and this in turn would depend on the opportunity costs of the different cultures. Alternatively, we could expect that some land currently not utilized would be exploited for cannabis production.

    The unknowns are such that no comprehensive estimation can be made but if one takes the average cost of production of cannabis (another heroic assumption) to be in the range of 0.3/0.5 Euros per gram one can expect the production business to be relatively profitable at an average retail price of about 10/15 Euros per gram.

    Leaving aside such estimates however, a more qualitative argument could be made. Production of cannabis requires some 10/12 hours of sunlight per day. For this reason, southern Member States of the EU would be the best place to cultivate it. As such, it could be an additional important source of revenue and entrepreneurship for particularly depressed economies and regions.

    Then, there is the job creation potential. In Colorado, which legalised marijuana at the beginning of 2014, 10,000 now work in the marijuana industry: growing and harvesting crops, working in dispensaries, and making and selling equipment. Crime has fallen: in the first three months after legalisation in Denver, the city experienced a 14.6 per cent drop in crime and specifically violent crime is down 2.4 per cent. Assaults were down by 3.7 per cent.

    This reduction led to further savings and allowing stretched police forces to concentrate on more serious issues. Meanwhile, cannabis use by young people actually decreased, an uncomfortable fact for prohibitionists who argue that legalisation would simply encourage more teens to take up cannabis.

    In an age when every cent of government spending is fought for, the demonstrated potential savings and revenues at very least deserve serious investigation. Revenue raised from a regulated cannabis trade could be directed towards education on safe use of cannabis.

    Finally, there is a slightly more pragmatic matter that should be considered. As the USA engage in experimental legalization of marijuana and if these experiments appear to work, the American diplomacy may use its leverage to modify existing international treaties on drugs to change the treatment reserved to cannabis, promoting its legalization worldwide. The EU should therefore be careful not to end up in the rearguard of a potentially very lucrative commercial venture

    Major party leaders are reluctant to grasp the nettle of drug legislation. It’s understandable, given the current association of drugs with criminality. Half of people in the EU think cannabis contributes to street crime. But this association is inevitable as long as cannabis itself is illegal. Only a dispassionate discussion on the merits of cannabis legalisation and regulation can break that link.

    Cannabis in itself is not the problem: our current law is. And we’re all paying the price

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      Theodor Paulus

      When you make these economic calculations, did take in consideration the loses due to cannabis? Imagine a worker for a car company or air plane company who smoke cannabis. The cannabis affect the orientation,a nd he will not be able to perform well his task. The company will have loses, and will lose competition with countries that have clear minded workers.This will mean more unemployment.
      Regarding decreased consumption within youth. We banned advertising for cigarettes to replace them with advertising for cannabis? The producers will advertise their product to increase profit, and consumption within youth will increase.

  31. Dimitris Stamiris

    Europe have countries , is not one (as they wish) and we don’t want to be one country (with Germans leaders) , Europe have deferent cultures , why you must bring to other countries what you like in yours ?

    The dream of united countries of Germans (called eu) will end soon !!!

  32. Luísa Cunha Ventura Gagean

    Of course not. It should for medical issues. This is very dangerous for a Brain development . Many psiquiatric deseases develops because the adolescents smoke cannabis.

    • Любомир Иванчев

      Who says it should be legal for adolesents? It will be illegal for them just like alcohol and tobacco products. And there will be some control over this. Currently the control is zero and in some cases it’s easier to get weed at the age of 13 than to order a beer.

  33. Chay Carle

    The only drug I do is alcohol, but I would legalise, control and tax ALL drugs

  34. Ignacio

    Legalize Cannabis

    Here is a couple of reasons why Cannabis should be legal: The first reason I want to bring up is the medical part. As the newspaper The times takes up that Cannabis with high CBD alleviate the pain from different medical issues like, epilepsy, Aids and nausea. Marijuana has also treated people with muscle spasm from multiple sclerosis. Because of this I think it is risky to keep it away from millions of people when it actually could help them with their medical issues.

    If you compare Cannabis with either alcohol or tobacco it is farless as dangerous as those two substances. Cannabis is not as addictive as those two but still they are legal to use, why? And when America had a prohibition on alcohol everybody still used it and the goverment realised that it did more harm to prohib it than to make it legal, so why is it not the same thing with cannabis?

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    Panagiotis Gkrs

    I’m up for legalization of all kinds of drugs, as history has proven, any profit from the illegal drug trade ends up in the hands of mafias, cartels, warlords, etc. As Mis Kaja Kallas said correctly, the countries that legalized drugs have lower rates of usage in compare with countries with tight restrictions. I hope EU will make a step towards sanity and legalize Cannabis, at first, as is just a plant from mature nature. Nothing man-made produced there. Just a plant that makes you stoned. Let’s pass this first milestone and we can debate for other substances.

  36. Yiorgos

    Its about time we stop pretending that nature has created a tree for the distraction of society? If there are a few million of users in the EU they have the right to do as they are pleased …after all is in our rights to have the freedom to make a choice for our self’s without harming others.STOP THE HYPOCRISY…. NOW! ….In a Democracy the people are in control of the government and not the government over the people…time to restore Democracy to its authentic state as its creators meant it to be, and that is people to have a political system to run their life’s and not the Mafia of the Oligarchs. THE END OF TYRANNY IS ON ITS WAY!

  37. Miguel

    YES. It should be legal. Here are my points.
    1. First of all, how can a simple plant be illegal? Does that make any sense to you?
    2. I am from Portugal, and I can tell that since my country made a big move on that subject, we saw the number of drug addicts dropping. The more you forbid, the more people will do it. Fact.
    3. You cannot compare Cannabis to other drugs like cocaine, heroine ,
    alcohol,cigarettes, coffee (processed drugs) , Cannabis is just a plant.
    4. I´ve lived in different countries, and I´ve noticed that in Holland you will find less users than in other countries like France which is the most repressive towards that plant. Fact.
    5. Alcohol, Tobacco, Coffee (addictive substances) are more dangerous than cannabis, I´ve seen members of my own family dying from those substances, I never saw anyone dying from cannabis. Yet those drugs are legal.
    6. My grandfather was sick, and got morphine injection while he was at the hospital. Morphine being one of the worst drug, still legal for medical purpose.The moment they started injecting him with morphine, I knew he was gone already. He could not recognize anyone, totally drugged and died a few weeks after…. How comes morphine is legal?
    7. Big pharma make money selling prescribed drugs that are harmful for your health. Chemical processed products that will kill you at the end. I have worked in one of those big pharma lab sites, and I can tell you that it is unbelievable the amount of deadly products they use to process those legal drugs selled by you local pharma. Those are real drugs. I got sick while working there, and I know many people who got serious disease while working there. some of them already passed away. Yet those drugs are legal and prescribed by your doctor. Where is the logic? Big pharma companies make a lot of money out of it, that´s it, they do not care about you, about the environment or about people making those crazy pills. Cannabis would be a big rival for them, as it is proven that it cures a lot of diseases and it is easy to grow. No dependance. Less polluting. You would not need those crazy pills if cannabis was legal.
    8. Your kids might do it whether it is legal or not. The difference is if they get it from the black market, there is a big chance they get a harmful altered product because there is no control over it.
    9.Talk and listen to your children instead of beating and shouting at them and they might not turn to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Fight the root of family issues that cause mental illness among youngsters and they will not use any substance to fly away from their misery lives. You can´t blame drug for this or that, instead take your responsibilities and blame yourself for not being there when your child needed you the most.
    10. Once it is legal, the illegal market will disappear making it safier for your kids as it will be harder for them to get cannabis. Keeping cannabis legal, controlled and cheap will eradicate street drug dealers as there will be no benefits for them. Think twice!
    11. I saw a lot of drunk people doing a lot of crazy stuff but I never saw a guy who smoked a joint doing any harm to somebody else.
    12. Last but not least, war on drugs cost a lot of money and does not work. We see from Uruguay, Holland, and US states that it is more profitable once it is legal. Plus, the money collected could be reversed to invest on educational, health, education. Remember that people will do it anyway, the more illegal it is the more some people are tempted to do it. If you ban cannabis, then you should ban alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, prescribed drugs, nukes, pesticides, chemical cleaning products and a lot of harmful products that are freely sold. For sure, you are using some altering, polluting product. Still it is legal. Where is the logic of cannabis prohibition then? Do your research and find why and who prohibit cannabis in the early 1900s. The real reason was money because hemp was cheap and used in many ways, clothing, material and other stuff. Some parrallel businesses saw it as a threat for their own business. Here is the real reason for the fake propaganda. Get educated people and move on. Legalize it!

  38. Luigi Amoresano

    I cannot believe we are still asking this question!!!! YES IT SHOULD BE LEGALISED!!!! While cigarettes should be banned forever.

  39. William Healey

    Yes. Then we can regulate it and tax it and freeze out the organised crime. Why go to a dealer when you can just go to the local shop?

    • Azad Maruf

      If you caluculated the costs and the damages caused previously, then your that point gets a very high credit….Do not forget that the Terrorism uses that gaps also but no evidence!!!!!!!!

  40. Azad Maruf

    For the purpose to easily treat addiction in the easiest way , yes, but not to spread it….None should be permited to cause addiction or illegaly trading with it….

    • Alvaro Gellon

      Eh if you legalise you have no purpose to trade illegally. Also not addictive on its own

    • Калоян Янакиев

      Well, everything forbidden is gaining curiosity, also if this is the logic around it then I’d vote for banning alcohol and tobacco all across.

    • Azad Maruf

      As usual, there would be some people there to export that to the other countries illegaly as that would be cheaper…That is class c drugs that has undeniable affect on mental issues that is why it should be for sake of treating the consumers gradually and keep them away from the illegal dealers….purity of that substances is importan also as the researchers concluded…registered consumers using an electronic vouchers monitored for their well being with respecting their privacies is should be considered as well….Citizens health and safety is a real treasure any developed country is not ready to negotiate on that fundamental duties to take ….

  41. Andrius Adomaitis

    yes, and properly controlled, so kids in school won’t get illegal weed immersed into heavy stuff like cocaine for purpose to make them addicted and constant buyers.

    • Alvaro Gellon

      Decriminalisation is a step forward, but I think we need full legalisation

  42. Andrei-Ionuț Morar

    Although I don’t smoke I think it should be legalised as it would be easier to take control over the black market that’s running it…

  43. Paweł Kunio

    Yes it should but were we to talk about priorities, I would force the pro-vaccine law federally rather than ones liberalizing cannabis production and trade.

  44. Andrea Brown

    Legalise medical research in to all chemicals, not just constitutents of cannabis and give an exemption regarding the drug classifications for medical research. As for cannabis, legalise, regulate and tax the weaker strains for domestic consumption at a persons own risk. Ban Skunk weed and class it in the same category as heroin and make arrests accordingly.

  45. Любомир Иванчев

    Yes. It’s a damn plant! Plus it will be a new opportunity for business in Europe which will be able to bring a bit more taxes for funding the member states’ social budgets, which keep getting higher and higher and higher…

  46. Joerg Sp

    That is not even worth asking. Of course it should be! Look at the US and Canada.

  47. Dimitris Stamiris

    SHOULD YOU STOP THINK THAT ALL COUNTRIES ARE ONE ????

    SHOULD YOU UNDERSTAND THAT WE CANNOT HAVE THE SAME CULTURE ???

    DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT ALL COUNTRIES ARE NOT FOR SALE ???

  48. Mi Gu

    the question is if we should continue spending millions on fighting cannabis instead of using not even 10% of that money to make informative campaigns for the young, and create detox centers for people who lost control (like with alcool); and stop persecuting citizens who work, pay their taxes and do not create any trouble…

  49. Pedro Silva

    Only ignorant people would say ‘no’. Get the true information and true facts and you will see what others don’t want you to see

  50. Ferdinand Grace

    Cannabis and prostitution, Holand is ok with the first, Germany with he 2nd and why not uniform the age of consent?

  51. Zbigniew Jankowski

    In principle nothing that humans have created should be illegal, but responsibly limited and if obviously harmful prohibited. W should create solutions which are part of the EU system, not just solutions.

    • Jaroslav Stehlik

      That’s weird because it actually helps me with depression but I am not a daily base user and probably don’t want to be.

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