Future Dialog Cannabis released on 2nd place
Cannabis legalization in second place in Merkel's Future Dialogue
By April 15, the proposals could be evaluated to the Chancellor. In an exciting finale in recent days, the hemp friends have overtaken the "Islam critics", who were in first place for a long time. The proposal to legalize cannabis for adults ended up with a good 152,000 votes in second place of 6,386 proposals.
Maximilian Plenert and Georg Wurth of the DHV, who had submitted the successful proposal, regret the lack of technology in the future dialogue. Being able to vote multiple times for a proposal suffers the credibility of the results.
"We would have preferred a vote without the possibility of manipulation, and we are convinced that we would have been at the top," said Georg Wurth. "Of course, the DHV proposal also included people who voted on several occasions, but the DHV has never called for it, but has always rejected recommendations."
"Even the high number of more than 5,000 comments on our proposal makes it clear that the issue of cannabis actually interests the citizens massively," adds Maximilian Plenert. This is also supported by the fact that the two DHV representatives are not successfully presenting their topic for the first time. Plenert was in autumn 2011 when Merkel's first public participation attempt on youtube with his question about cannabis legalization the most successful questioner. With his petition to decriminalize cannabis users with more than 31,000 signatures, Wurth has made it into the top league of petitions submitted so far to the Petitions Committee. And in this case, the users had to register online or to give names and addresses on signature lists, so that manipulation was excluded. The nearly 2,400 comments on the petition committee's page also make it clear how great the interest of the population in this topic is.
The media had partially discredited the cannabis proposal for the future dialogue in the same breath as "gun fools" and "enemies of Islam" as a suspicious input of a fringe group. Plenert and Wurth want to make it clear at their appointment in the chancellery that they represent a large part of the population with their request. Their demands are in line with the Global Commission on Drug Policy, which last year called for new approaches to drug policy with prominent members such as Javier Solana and Kofi Annan. (Pm)
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Picture: Susanne Schmich