German police unions don’t want legal cannabis for some fairly spurious reasons

Politico report

“There must finally be an end to trivializing the joint,” Oliver Malchow, the head of Germany’s police union (GdP), told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung. With “legal but dangerous” alcohol already causing enough trouble, he argued, it made no sense to “open the door to another dangerous and often trivialized drug” like cannabis.

Malchow’s fears were prompted by ongoing coalition talks between the Social Democrats (SPD), who won last month’s election, and the Greens and the Free Democrats (FDP), all of which think it’s high time to legalize weed to some extent.

But the police aren’t laughing. Rainer Wendt, head of the German Police Union, also warned Tuesday that legalizing cannabis would likely lead to an increase in road accidents.

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