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As demand grows, German drug official warns cannabis still harmful

Europe
18.08.2017
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Berlin (dpa) - The German government‘s top drug specialist warned on Friday that cannabis is still dangerous, even if moves to legalize it are gaining traction in Germany and elsewhere.

Investors see potential for profit in Germany with recreational marijuana and are increasing pressure on the country to legalize the drug, Marlene Mortler said while presenting the government‘s 2017 drug and addiction report in Berlin.

"This is major business," Mortler said, adding that Germany is a "market of high interest" to hedge funds, particularly in the United States, where recreational use is legal in several states.

According to Mortler, the drug lobby in some respects now has greater political influence than the tobacco and alcohol industries.

Around 6 per cent of adults in Germany admit to having used the drug in the past 12 months.

Mortler warned that there are now four times the amount of toxins in cannabis than in the 1970s.

 

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