Berlin Burkhard Pleinert should help implement a new drug policy. Cabinet confirmed the 55-year-old will be the federal government’s drug commissioner on Wednesday at the suggestion of Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD). Staff can help ensure that cannabis is soon officially available for purchase.
Blienert is an advocate of cannabis legalization, as stipulated by the Ampel Coalition in the Coalition Agreement. It talks about the controlled supply of cannabis to adults in licensed stores. This would “control the quality, prevent the transfer of polluting materials and ensure the protection of minors,” the report said.
Burkhard Pleinert, married with two children, is a classic SDP: after performing civil service in the Oau district assembly in Paderborn and completing a master’s degree in politics, modern history and sociology, positions in the party followed. Among other things, he was an advisor in the office of then President Franz Müntefering, an advisor for schools and sports in the Parliamentary Group in North Rhine-Westphalia and President of the Paderborn region. From 2013 to 2017, he was a direct candidate in the Bundestag and a spokesperson for drug policy for his parliamentary group. In 2021 he returned to the Bundestag.
Even the first time he spent in the Bundestag, he advocated the approval of cannabis. He explains that cannabis alone accounts for billions of euros each year on the black market, as money seeps into organized crime structures. It is very important for him to protect consumers from the harms of health, legal and social stigmatization.
During his studies, he should expect headwinds from doctors who point out the dangers of cannabis, especially for young people. Police officers suspect that legalizing the drug will dry up the black market.