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Elvestuen wants legalisation of several narcotics

Minister of Climate and Environment Ola Elvestuen (Liberal Party).Photo: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB scanpix

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In order to limit the harmful effects of drugs, legalisation and regulation of access to several of the drugs is needed, says Venstre’s Deputy Leader Ola Elvestuen.

According to Dagbladet, Elvestuen largely supports Unge Venstre (Young Liberals of Norway). The youth party has recently received attention for the “Legalize it” campaign, which deals with the legalisation of cannabis.

The youth party is in favor of legalising and regulating all drugs. The Venstre Deputy Leader and the Minister for Climate and Environment does not want to go quite so far.

I’m not going to say all, but we need to regulate access to narcotics to get more control over how much is traded, to limit the harmful effects and also get rid of the huge criminal activity behind it – both in producer countries, transit countries and in Norway, says Elvestuen.

He envisions that the lighter narcotics will have a weak regulation, before an increase of more regulation up to heroin-assisted treatment prescribed by doctors.

In Tromsø, the Unge Venstre was forced to take down a poster entitled “Legalize it” during a school debate on Friday, which led to all the youth parties leaving the debate. Several, including Prime Minister Erna Solberg (H), have reacted, and according to lawyer Jon Wessel-Aas there is a ban on such a violation of the Constitution’s article 100 on freedom of expression.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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