DESPITE some serious flaws in its approach it is unlikely that the European Commission has the powers to halt Germany’s ambition to establish an adult-use cannabis market, says a leading international drug policy expert.
In announcing its plans for cannabis legislation Germany says it is adopting an ‘interpretative’ approach to its obligations under the international drug conventions.
And, following preliminary discussions, it is now in the process of presenting these to the European Commission.
Kenzi Riboulet-Zemouli, one of Europe’s leading experts on cannabis policy in relation to internal treaty obligations, expressed serious concern with the German proposals which he believes are ‘under-cooked’, ‘error strewn’ and ‘ill-conceived’.
Mandate Of Nation States
However, he highlights that ultimately a nation state, even one tied to a larger regional economic body such as the European Union, has the capacity – as with Uruguay and Canada – to pursue its own domestic drug control agenda.
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