Investigation against Özdemir for hemp plant

Investigation against Özdemir for hemp plant

Investigation against Greens boss Özdemir for hemp plant
18.01.2015

The Internet campaign "Ice Bucket Challenge" has raised tens of millions of euros worldwide in the past few months for the fight against a rare nervous disease. Green leader Cem Özdemir also participated with a video. However, a hemp plant can be seen on it in the background. Therefore, an investigation is now underway against the politician.


Donations for the fight against rare nerve disease In the past few months, the internet campaign "Ice Bucket Challenge" has raised tens of millions of euros worldwide for the fight against the rare nerve disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The participants take a shower with a video with ice water and nominate other people to participate or donate. Green leader Cem Özdemir also participated in the campaign. According to a message from the dpa news agency, the politician is now under investigation because of the video.

A hemp plant can be seen next to the Greens boss. According to a report by "Bild am Sonntag" ("BamS"), the Berlin public prosecutor's office is investigating Cem Özdemir, the Green Party chairman, for having a hemp plant. Due to the suspicion of the cultivation of narcotics, the immunity of the member of the Bundestag had been lifted. So far, neither the 49-year-old politician nor the prosecutor's office has confirmed this. On the video, Özdemir was standing on his balcony next to a hemp plant. Cannabis and marijuana can be made from the cannabis genus. Possession and cultivation of plants are not legal in Germany and constitute a violation of the Narcotics Act.


Proceedings will probably be terminated Even after the incident at the end of August 2014, Özdemir had spoken of a "deliberately placed" political statement. Now he adds: "The whole absurdity of German drug policy shows itself when the public prosecutor and the police have to make a video of a political statement in the form of a carefully placed hemp plant." According to "BamS", judicial circles expect that the procedure against Özdemir because of insignificance.

Reform of the drug policy At the time, the incident was interpreted by the Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter (BDK) as a “slight fuss” of the politician. Özdemir apparently did not notice that there was a hemp plant on the video and then charmingly tried to justify it as a political act for drug liberalization. At least that's what BDK chairman André Schulz suspected. It is said that the BDK is also committed to reforming drug policy, also to decriminalize consumers.

Incurable disease The ALS disease, which was actually the problem at the time, includes violent muscle twitches and severe swallowing problems. It also leads to damage to nerve cells. It is not curable and leads to death in about half of the patients within the first three years. Only in exceptional cases do those affected live with the disease for more than a decade. Therapy focuses primarily on symptom relief and psychological care. According to experts, there are between 7,000 and 8,000 people affected nationwide. The "Ice Bucket Challenge" campaign was criticized by experts not because of harmless hemp plants, but because of the potential promotion of senseless animal experiments. Among other things, the association "Doctors Against Animal Experiments" called for the nominees not to donate to the ALS Association, because this would also fund cruel and senseless animal experiments from which ALS research would not benefit. (ad)

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