German states fear legalizing cannabis will increase crime

Cannabis legalization parade in Germany
Cannabis Legalization Parade in Germany / August 11, 2018 / Photo: EPA-EFE / ALEXANDER BECHER

The interior ministers of the German federal states fear that the legalization of cannabis will increase the scope of organized crime.

In a letter from the conference of interior ministers to the German government (SPD, Greens and FDP), it is stated that "the bill massively facilitates the illegal trade in cannabis".

Ministers are concerned that more people will use cannabis after it becomes legal. They fear, citing the assessment of experts from the criminal police, that this will make the market bigger and even more attractive to criminals, because there is already a strong illegal trade in cannabis.

The main studio of the public service ARD had access to that letter, which was previously published by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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