Due to a rise of drug-related gang activity in the Danish capital cannabis trials in Denmark might just be due to get a green light with a proposal for legal cannabis in Copenhagen.
Local politicians in the Danish capital are considering the possibility of legalising cannabis. The first step in this process is to launch cannabis trials in Denmark, specifically Copenhagen.
This is far from a done deal, but does seem to follow the trend of other progressive European Nations that have either relaxed, or are looking to address their current cannabis laws.
The Local DK reports that: “If passed, the justice minister and health minister will have to take up the proposal. While recent history indicates that the government is unlikely to back the Copenhagen plan, there have been cracks in Denmark’s traditional hard-line stance on cannabis for both medicinal and recreational use.”
The ‘recent history’ indicated above is the previous two proposals, in which ideas for a market of legal cannabis in Copenhagen were rejected by the government previously.
Copenhagen Post states that “it’s not the first time City Hall has voted in favour of using Copenhagen as a trial involving legitimising cannabis.
The same thing happened in 2014, but the justice and health ministers at the time – Nick Hækkerup and Karen Hækkerup (in-laws) – refused to grant the motion.”
It must be noted, that with the current Western World shifting its perspective on cannabis, proposals like this are (hopefully) more likely to succeed due to mounting national and international pressure to legalise cannabis worldwide, a movement which has grown tremendously in recent years.
The Danish Government announced last month that they would introduce a medical cannabis program to a small patient group starting in 2018.
Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen is currently leading a coalition government, which included long-time cannabis legalisation supporters Liberal Alliance.
Hopefully, we will see them announce cannabis trials in Denmark in the near future, opening access for medical and recreational users to get legal cannabis in Copenhagen. If these trials are successful, there could be a legal cannabis market throughout Denmark sometime soon. Watch this space!
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