Tyrolean SPÖ calls for cannabis legalization
A conference of the Austrian Social Democrats (SPÖ) in Tyrol over the weekend called for the establishment of a working group to investigate the legalization of cannabis in the region.
New Tyrolean SPÖ leader Ingo Mayr has said he supports the decision of his party delegates to call for the legalization of cannabis with "100 percent commitment".
He confirmed his views at a press conference in Innsbruck on Wednesday, saying that the party was not afraid to tackle controversial social issues.
Having said that, Mayr expressed reservations at making legalization the first issue he will tackle in his new role as party leader, but said he was confident that other state parties would be receptive to the arguments coming from Tyrol.
The former mayor of the town of Roppen will take the matter to the national convention of the SPÖ in November. In particular, he noted that the criminalization associated with the use of cannabis meant that young people who were caught smoking a joint could face repercussions in their professional careers.
SPÖ Club chairman Gerhard Reheis said that the federal party leadership had decided on Tuesday, at his initiative, to establish a working group on the subject, led by Health Minister Alois Stoeger (SPÖ).
This would include, among other themes, a study about "what consequences there may be for addictions", as well as how to deal with addiction disorders.