German Green, CDU politicians launch cannabis legalization initiative

A pair of German politicians - one conservative, one green - is promoting legalizing marijuana. One of the arguments is the potential for a tax windfall
Deutsche Welle (Germany)
Wednesday, May 13, 2015

In a proposal for parliament obtained by German public broadcaster ARD, Christian Democrat Joachim Pfeiffer and Green party member Dieter Janecek put forward their plan for the liberalization of cannabis, questioning whether criminalizing posession and purchase of the drug for recreational purposes made sense. Janecek and Pfeiffer estimated a state-regulated market for cannabis would bring in up to two billion euros in tax revenue. (See also: Greens, conservatives want weed legalized | Pot decriminalization proposal criticized by German drug commissioner)