Comment: Cannabis is cultivated, I just want it to be legal – Exit
My project for the legal economy of cannabis has been public for almost 7 years now. What I proposed on November 20, 2014, to the Albanian Parliament, was not aimed at my personal glorification and enrichment, but a project for the development and enrichment of Albania and the Albanians.
For many years now and more and more, the world has been using cannabis for the benefit of mankind. More than 30 countries have legalized recreational cannabis and the card continues to expand, with its economy expected to reach $ 100 billion in 5 years. Only Albanian politicians continue to reject this economy for the country, as they only want cannabis as a source of good things for the mafia and the government, and as a source of bad things for order, security, citizens and the community. ‘State.
My view of the global cannabis economy coincides with the progressive thesis of the majority of public opinion, which supports the project that Albania guarantees its citizens the freedoms and rights to use cannabis and all medicines. resulting from it for the effective treatment of more than 170 diseases, which have no alternative drugs; that Albania grows cannabis for export, as the pharmaceutical cannabis industry in the world is a multi-billion dollar industry and our country still has the opportunity to benefit from this industry; that our country, although illegally, has produced high quality and well-known cannabis in Europe for all these years; that a fair and far-sighted policy can partially and minimally repair the great damage done to Albania by depriving it of the global economy of legal cannabis.
We were the first in the region to open this debate, and as neighboring countries move forward, Albania is wasting time. I blame this on senior government officials and opposition leaders, who are incriminated in the interest of illegal cannabis cultivation and trafficking, for political and financial gain.
The government’s demagogic declaration a year ago, to legalize medical cannabis, reinforced my belief that it was driven by the growing panic created by the dire economic and financial situation of the country following the earthquake, pandemic and the collapse of the state budget through PPPs, concessions and debts.
In reality, Albania should be part of the global map of the legal cannabis economy as soon as possible, otherwise the country will stay out of this important economy which brings only benefits, attracting investment and creating new opportunities. new employment opportunities, by empowering the state and citizens, keep users away from traffickers, thus weakening the cannabis mafia and offering drugs to patients.
The fact that even in 2021 there is cannabis all over Albania, that tons of drugs are pouring in abroad, that the traffickers have the permission and blessing of the government and its officials, that the dirty millions generated by it to be whitewashed in the construction and the economic, is an indication that the Albanian politicians do not intend to change their position, that they and the cannabis mafia have merged into a joint venture, scarifying the interests development of the country and the people.
Albania does not have the luxury of leading a demagogic campaign on the national cannabis economy, or leaving that potential to cannabis traffickers and government clients. He must design and implement this project in the best possible way, on the model of those which have been successfully developed in Canada and Germany.
During this decade, the entire democratic world will have legalized recreational cannabis, and we, more than others, have more needs and reasons to legalize the economy of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes, the sooner. possible.
Koco Kokedhima is a former deputy of the Socialist Party; he led a campaign for the legalization of cannabis in Albania
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