"All medicines must get free sales": Basler FDP breaks taboo
After the controlled delivery of heavy substances at the beginning of the nineties, the Basel FDP now wants to take the next step: the legalization of all drugs. This proposal is not well received by the parent.
Whether it is cocaine, heroin, ecstasy or hashish. If it goes to the Basel FDP, all drugs should be legally obtainable in the future. The cantonal section must be aware that the proposal, which is included in the new party program, causes high waves. Since the controlled release of heroin, which was made possible by the federal government in 1992, this would be the most radical change in the addictive system. That is necessary. "Decades of prohibition could not eliminate the drugs," argues the party director. "On the basis of the individual's freedom to harm themselves, medicines must not be banned, but legalized, controlled and taxed," says the party program that was passed on Monday. The main goal was to remove the basis of the suffering black market.
The Basel FDP is even busy addressing a topic that is increasingly discussed in Switzerland. Now there must be at least one food for thought & # 39; are delivered, says the Basel FDP Councilor David Jenny in the knowledge that the narcotics law is anchored nationally. But what applies to Basel applies to the whole of Switzerland. The drug scene has changed drastically in recent decades, it is no longer a misery that takes place on the Zurich Platzspitz or in the Basel Rheingasse, but hidden. Today no longer dominates destructive heroin, but cocaine, synthetic drugs and of course cannabis.
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«Responsibility of every individual»
How to deal with the sale of medicines, there are different ideas in space. The FDP President of Basel, Luca Urgese, advocates the radical variant, which will also provide for discussion within the cantonal part: "If it were up to me, all medicines would have to be delivered without a prescription, which is not exactly the case in Migros or in Coop. to sit, but for example in the drugstore. "He puts forward a prima facie argument:" It is the responsibility of each individual, what substances he takes. "As a small limitation of the absolute Liberalization he could imagine that the authorities called so-called black create lists that put particularly vulnerable people on the list.
The Basel idea is well received by some experts. Thilo Beck, psychiatrist's chief physician, Arud Center for Addiction Medicine, is & # 39; very satisfied & # 39; about the advance of the Basler Freisinnigen. "Regulation is the only sensible requirement in the field of addiction." The most important argument for legalization is availability. "In Switzerland it is just as easy to get cocaine as pizza," says Beck. "Nevertheless, the entire market is in the hands of the black market, which does not take consumers into account."
Simply put, the expert does not present the implementation of the legalization. It must therefore be ensured that the regulation is good. Cannabis, cocaine or heroin should not be released in the same places under the same conditions. Regulation also means control and advice. Other search experts were more differentiated and, for example, only demanded the legalization of cannabis.
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«Little effective solution»
As radical as the demand for a full legalization of all drugs is, it is even controversial within the party itself. Although the Basel FDP has broken several applications for a weakening. One member only wanted to legalize soft drugs such as cannabis, one demanded strong protection for minors, all drugs should remain unpunished. In the end, the only argument was to include the word "in principle" in the medicine license – to keep a back door open for the non-limitative legalization of all substances. "There should be exceptions," says Jenny.
Nevertheless, the plans of the Basel party are not very well received by the parent party: "I have been on a restrictive course for a long time," Party Chairman Petra Gössi said. "In the meantime I see it a bit more differentiated, but I am not for a release." Switzerland has a well-functioning drugs policy that is envied by other countries. However, this is not an important topic for the free spirit. Gössi: "Politics is my only medicine."
For the Berne FDP National Council, Christian waterfalls promote the Basler Freisinnigen "on the subject of drugs a bit effective solution". Even the Zurich FDP National Counselor Regine Sauter, the legalization plans go too far. Although the health politician is also in favor of liberalization of cannabis – but with a regulated market, with clear requirements for the protection of minors and prevention. But only because a ban on consumption and sale of cannabis simply does not work. For hard drugs like heroin or cocaine, but the starting position looks very different. "However, since the introduction of the medically controlled levy, we no longer need action on heroin, which works well," says Sauter. "I am therefore against a full release of hard drugs." (Aargauerzeitung.ch)
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