The wind of change is blowing across the Continent — and it has a pungent and earthy smell. Last week it was reported that the parties negotiating to form a government in Germany are working on plans to legalise cannabis, potentially creating the world’s largest legal market for dope. Luxembourg recently legalised the domestic growth of cannabis, with citizens allowed up to four plants each. Next year Zurich is to launch a trial in which adults can buy recreational cannabis from social clubs. Meanwhile in the US, Nancy Mace, a Republican congresswoman, has just introduced legislation that would decriminalise marijuana at the federal level.
I learn of these developments with dread. The more nations that take this route, the more legalisation will be seen as