Two European countries could achieve marijuana legalization next year thanks to the political support of local opposition parties. Though it is quite difficult to change cannabis laws through public activism in Germany and the Czech Republic, the efforts of Green parties may push things along.
While in the U.S., marijuana initiatives supported by citizens were enough for a positive outcome, in most European countries, drug policy revision is only possible with the help of a politician. However, most state officials refrain from actions, as by supporting cannabis they may put their careers at stake.
Currently, marijuana is legally allowed for very limited medical use in these countries, but the situation may change in the near future. While in Germany, a new governing coalition has put cannabis legalization on the list of their action, Czech advocates are officially supported by two opposition parties.
In November, two Czech opposition parties backed a public petition for marijuana permission created by a weed activist group Legalizace.cz. This petition was introduced to the public at the beginning of Prague’s Cannafest, which is one of the largest weed trade fairs in Europe.
Besides the petition, Czech advocates are also working on a bill supporting cannabis legalization in cooperation with pot-friendly politicians, political consultants, and lawyers. Their goal is to supply local lawmakers with tangible proof of the residents' support and a ready legalization solution.
During the Cannafest weekend, the petition collected more than 1,500 signatures out of the 10,000 necessary ones. Thanks to the support of the Green Party and the Pirate Party members, weed activists hope to collect enough signatures to submit this petition to the Chamber of Deputies in the Czech Parliament.
In Germany, there is a more tolerant attitude to weed than in the Czech Republic, but some cannabis users are sick and tired of the political talk about marijuana legalization that does not lead to further actions.
Taking into account this public dissatisfaction, the Green Party and the Left Party, which have entered into a governing coalition with the Social Democratic Party (SPD), have made sure that the revision of the current drug policy is included in their coalition agreement along with the question of marijuana legalization.
This decision follows a similar situation that happened last year in Kreuzberg, a Berlin neighborhood, the inhabitants of which demanded to be able to regulate pot sales to stop street dealing. Though the local demand was rejected by the officials last year, now there is hope for the residents of the whole German state that the national marijuana policy will improve.