The parliamentary groups Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen and Die Linke called for an evaluation of the effects of the Narcotics Act (BtMG) at press conference in Berlin at the beginning of June. “The BtMG pushes the users of illegal drugs onto the black market; the repression has failed, "said Frank Tempel, spokesman for drug policy for the left.
" The black market makes it impossible to protect the health of consumers; AIDS and hepatitis are spreading particularly among drug users, ”emphasized Harald Terpe, drug and addiction policy spokesman for the Greens. Protection of minors and effective prevention are also not possible under the conditions of the black market. In the 40 years of its existence, the BtMG primarily criminalized young people, but the ban did not have deterrent effect. "Rehabilitation instead of anti-socialization must be the focus," said Terpe. "We need new unideological drug policy approach."
The reason for the move is resolution with the demand, to evaluate the BtMG. It was initiated by the criminal lawyer Prof. Dr. iur. Lorenz Boellinger. Almost half of the criminal law professors in Germany have signed them. “From our point of view, criminal law is not suitable for preventing or reducing drug consumption,” said Böllinger. Prohibition contradicts the constitutional principles of proportionality. The original purpose of the BtMG, to prevent drug consumption, had not been achieved, so it had to be put to the test. "We are not concerned with legalizing drugs, but decriminalizing them," emphasized Böllinger. PB