Legalise weed or close Christiania?

Parliament remains split on what to do with cannabis, but the push for legalisation is gaining traction

If it were up to Copenhagen mayor Frank Jensen, cannabis would be legal in Denmark. But two proposals to trial legalisation of cannabis in the capital have been blocked by parliament. Danish drug laws are shaped by UN narcotics conventions that, despite being archaic, are avidly supported by powerful anti-drug lobbies.

Political party Alternativet have now announced its support for letting the state produce and sell cannabis, however.

“We should not fight cannabis as a drug, we need to fight drug addiction and abuse,” MP Josephine Fock wrote on Facebook.

Most political parties prefer the status quo, with Dansk Folkeparti (DF) and Socialidemokraterne recently demanding that the Venstre government clear the illegal cannabis market on Pusherstreet in Christiania.

This wouldn’t be the first attempt to close the street. Despite a massive police crackdown in 2004, and continual raids by the police’s Task Force Pusherstreet, the market is still thriving.

“The environment in Christiania is raw and unfortunately the problem is escalating,” Socialdemokraterne’s justice spokesperson Trine Bramsen told DR. “It is estimated that drugs worth billions of kroner are sold there every year.”

While the two parties were later joined by Konservative, the government ultimately shot down the idea.

“I think both parties can easily figure out that it would require an enormous police presence in Christiania,” Venstre MP Jan E. Jørgensen told Ritzau. “I am not sure where they think we will find these police officers, whether it’s border control, anti-terrorism or guarding the synagogue.” M


By Peter Stanners

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