To be honest I think the Podemos/We Cannabis pun is so brilliant my job here is done. I really can’t be bothered to translate another story tonight, so find below a machine translation of the Diario’s version of the story (which we are able to use with their agreement and support).
The gist of it is that Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias thinks Spain should be the first European country to legalise weed, for reasons not least of which that it will be a good earner for the national economy. You can take it from there.
The leader of Podemos (Spain’s relatively new, left of centre, reforming political party) , Pablo Iglesias , has assured this Thursday that it is in Spain’s interest to be one of the first European countries to regularize cannabis , following the wake of Uruguay and Canada , because it is an “opportunity with great benefits” for citizens since it would provide income for the State.
The forum ‘Towards the comprehensive regulation of cannabis’ has been held in the Congress of Deputies and, from Podemos, claim that this day is the “point of departure” for the development of a law that Unidos Podemos expects to present in the first months of 2019.
During his speech, Iglesias has insisted that “the important thing is to see who is next” in regularizing cannabis and thus postulate as “a reference in Europe” because it is “something that will happen in all European countries.”
Iglesias has rejected that multinationals are responsible for the management and production of cannabis since managed by the public sector would imply an improvement of public services and would allow “effectively end the scourge and the danger posed by drug trafficking.”
We can have equated your proposal for the legalization of cannabis in a political comparison of the one executed by Canada which is from this Wednesday the second country in the world, after Uruguay, and the first industrialized and member of the G7, where recreational consumption is legal and medicinal marijuana.
The leader of Podemos has listed the “benefits” that this regulation would mean for the public sector since it would allow “an increase in public revenues” to be applied in social services.
He has insisted on the difficulty that the State has to generate income and has remarked that “there is nothing wrong” in that with the regulation through the public sector of cannabis there is “a better education, health or public services”.
“We must leave behind hypocritical arguments such as that it is shameful that Spain is known for selling cannabis,” Iglesias said, adding that he “is ashamed to sell weapons to bloody dictatorships.”
Another of the positive points of the regularization of cannabis by the State, according to Iglesias, is that it reduces crime with the control of drug trafficking , the decrease in consumption among adolescents or “the protection of individual liberties.”
“Spain has to take the opportunity, be smart and join countries like Canada,” Iglesias finished.