|Swiss Fear Tourists May Visit for Alpine Highs|
|Key Words||Street Market, Sales, Producers|
Switzerland is about to vote on whether the acquisition, cultivation, possession, and consumption of all drugs for personal use, including marijuana, cocaine, and heroin, should be decriminalized.
Those in favor state that the street market in drugs would disappear. At present, the efforts of the police to cut drug sales are frustrated because as soon as one dealer is arrested, a replacement appears. Legalization would reduce crime: the Swiss have already found that when the government distributes heroin to long-term addicts, related crime and deaths fall.
Those against -- including the government -- fear that there would be an influx of drug traffickers and tourists from the rest of Europe where legal constraints are greater. There is skepticism that the measure will pass in view of recent busts of drug producers and objections to legalizing hard drugs.
(Updated January 1, 1999)
|Source||Associated Press, "Switzerland will vote Sunday on the legalization of all drugs", St. Petersburg Times, November 27, 1998|
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