The chairman of the Association of German Criminal Investigators (BDK), André Schulz, has called the prohibition of cannabis historically unfounded and advocated on officials to decriminalize consumption of the plant. On Monday Schulz told Germany’s largest daily newspaper, the “Bild-Zeitung,” that the ban on cannabis was “historically arbitrary and meanwhile neither intelligent nor purposeful.”
Schulz went on to say that there has never been a society without drug use in human history and this must be accepted. The current legal system stigmatizes people and promotes criminal careers, he said.
Schulz advocated for seeking better drug policy alternatives than to rely mainly on prohibition and repression. His recommendations include learning to deal with responsible drug use, supporting consumers and addicts to minimize harm, and focusing on effective protection of children and adults. Schulz advocated for clear limits and an equal treatment of cannabis and alcohol, including the prohibition of driving under the influence, which he says must remain illegal regardless of the substance.
The Association of German Criminal Investigators represents 15,000 criminal investigators and is one of a total of four police trade unions in Germany. The BDK is traditionally the union with the most liberal positions and views. The other three associations GdP (Union of Police), DPG (German Police Union) and DPolG (Federal Police Union), have not yet taken a position or called for an end to cannabis prohibition.
This article was originally published on Marijuana.com.
About Michael Knodt: Michael Knodt is an expert on cannabis politics and cannabis culture across Europe. Born in North Germany, Michael has been living in Berlin since 1990. He initially studied history and journalism before receiving his certification as a carpenter. Since then, Michael has made regular visits to countries where cannabis is cultivated, such as Jamaica and Morocco. He has worked as a freelancer for Weedmaps, Vice Magazine Germany, Sensi Seeds and numerous German-language cannabis magazines since 2004. From 2005 to 2013, Michael was the Editor-in-Chief of Germanys biggest cannabis periodical. He also is the face and presenter of the most popular program on cannabis prohibition and just launched a new channel called "DerMicha." Aside from his journalistic work, Michael is a cannabis patient, activist, sought-after speaker on conferences and congresses, and a father of two.