Calls for legalisation of hashish in Egypt spark controversy

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The Drug Control and Addiction Treatment Fund strongly criticised the proposal submitted to the cabinet to legalise the hashish trade in Egypt on Sunday.

In response to the proposal produced by Osama Salama, head of the Cairo and Giza Tobacco Traders Association, the Ministry of Social Solidarity’s Drug Control and Addiction Treatment Fund released a statement on their official websiteexplaining that legalising hashish poses a serious threat to the Egyptian society, which is “safe by nature”. The statement claimed that the “consumption of hashish is a major factor in road accidents in Egypt” because it causes “lack of awareness to one’s surroundings”.

A survey conducted by the association stated that 86% of rapists and more than 23% of murderers are hashish consumers.

“The call to legalise hashish in Egypt is a joke,” said Mahmoud Saleh,...

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