Germany: Researcher calls for controlled cannabis delivery

A doctor at the Hamburg University pleads for a pilot drug project in coffee shops and pharmacies. For what reason do researchers hope to protect a controlled delivery to consumers.

At the German Congress of addiction Hamburg addiction researcher Jens Reimer has been campaigning for a controlled delivery of cannabis to adults. The risks are too high with a dealer to get product contaminated with lead or other impurities, Reimer said. "In the supermarket there is wine and beer but also ingredients and alcohol content are specified," argued the president of the German Addiction Congress, which ends in Hamburg on Friday.

Around 500 experts discussed addiction for three days. Reimer, a physician and director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Addiction Research at the University of Hamburg, also committed to other reasons for a release: the health risks of cannabis use are less than for the consumption of alcohol.

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