Should recreational heroin use be legalized

A line of coke for a beer at the end of the day - if you go to the city of Zurich's FDP, this should no longer be banned in future. She wants to legalize the personal consumption and possession of all drugs, including cocaine and heroin. And the liberal citizens of Zurich go even further.

In the future it should also be possible to sell and produce hard drugs quite legally, as the Zurich FDP writes in a message. Regulated and scientifically supported, of course.

With cocaine it would look something like this: The consumer could only buy a certain amount and would have to register for control. The intoxicants would be sold in drugstores or pharmacies.

The brain behind the idea is the Zurich councilor Marcel Müller (48). Together with experts, he worked out a concept paper. It should pave the way to a more liberal drug policy. The entire Zurich party executive is behind him.

The main argument of the proponents: drugs are consumed anyway. With legalization, the state would at least have control. He could raise taxes, do prevention work and protect minors. And above all: He could put a stop to the illegal drug trade.

“The state is spending huge sums of money to push the market underground and thus withdraw it from effective control,” says Marcel Müller.

All efforts went up in smoke

But how successful are such initiatives? The Narcotics Act is regulated at the federal level and there has never been a majority in parliament just for the legalization of cannabis.

"There are impulses," says Thomas Kessler (62), who supports the advance from the Zurich FDP. «They encourage discussion». He has been involved in drug policy for 40 years, including 20 years as a member of the Federal Commission on Drugs and Drugs Delegate for the Canton of Basel-Stadt.

"The cities have to struggle the most with drug problems," explains Kessler. The fight against the black market costs a lot of tax money. "Criminal organizations have a firm grip on the drug trade and determine the quality and price of the drugs."

Only legalization under state control could turn the tables, says Thomas Kessler. And the state would benefit from additional tax revenue.

According to him, political pressure from the cities is needed to push legalization back onto the political floor. How promising the impulses ultimately are will be decided in parliament.

Published: April 13th, 2021, 5:34 pm
Last updated: April 14, 2021, 6:01 pm