Why the legalisation of all drugs is meaningful – outlook in a liberal drug policy
„Release the hemp, immediately!”, not a pot smoking junkie has demanded this, while he flew intoxicated across a magic forest, but Green politician Hans-Christian Ströbele.
Aims of the drug policy
What is the aim of a ban of drugs? Marlene Mortler, drug representative of the Federal Government, defines them as follows: „Principal purposes of the drug politics are the reduction of the consumption of legal and illegal drugs as well as the avoidance of drug-conditioned and addiction-conditioned problems”. However, the basic law guarantees in article 2: „Every person shall have the right to free development of his personality insofar as he does not violate the rights of others […]”. Can be deduced from this, that the right to intoxication belongs to a self-determined life? The Federal Constitutional Court denied this question in 1994 in the so-called „Cannabis decision”. The question stays still open: Is the decision compatible with the goal of the drug politics? Kofi Annan (former secretary general of the United Nations) demanded in 2014 a more liberal drug politics: for their purposes of the humanity the health and not the criminal proceedings must be in the foreground. Even the government of the USA explained the „War on drugs” as lost.