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Switzerland considers legalising COCAINE: Politicians declare 'the war on drugs has failed'


The Parliament in Bern has supported the idea, which still needs to overcome opposition from the city government and will also require a change in national law.

Drugs policy around the world is evolving, with the U.S. state of Oregon, for example, decriminalising possession of small amounts of cocaine in 2021 in favour of drug treatment.

Many European countries, including SpainItaly and Portugal, no longer have prison sentences for possession of drugs including cocaine, although nowhere has gone as far as the proposal under discussion in Bern.

Switzerland is re-examining its stance on the drug after some politicians and experts criticised complete bans as ineffective, with the proposal - currently in its early stages - following trials now under way to permit the legal sale of cannabis.

'The war on drugs has failed, and we have to look at new ideas,' said Eva Chen, a member of the Bern council from the Alternative Left Party who co-sponsored the proposal.

'Control and legalisation can do better than mere repression.'

Wealthy Switzerland has one of the highest levels of cocaine use in Europe, according to the levels of illicit drugs and their metabolites measured in waste water, with Zurich, Basel and Geneva all featuring in the top 10 cities in Europe.

Swiss cities, including Bern, are also showing increasing usage, while prices of cocaine have halved in the last five years, according to Addiction Switzerland, a non-governmental organisation.

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Correction for the below comment: Option 1 is the best because it dispels all government control so that the people have freedom.

Comment by PureTrust
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Legalizing something is only one of three options. But it is not the best. Option 2 is to make it illegal. Option 3 is to legalize it. Both of these options take control and freedom away from the people. Option 1, which means freedom for the people, is to repeal all legalization or illegalization. Option 3 means hands-off by the government, so that people can do what they want freely. Option 2 is not the best because it still makes government the controller. | If anybody uses his freedom to harm someone else, sue him for his wrongdoing. If he harms someone because he is high on marijuana, sue him for his wrongdoing, and make the penalty fit the crime, not simply because he used marijuana.

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