Hello, I am Baptman, a member of PPFR and the captain of the Health crew. Our team has worked on the text “The drug and Addiction Policy Programme” and we have a proposed set of modifications to submit.
I am new to the forum (my introduction), and some more seasoned members of PPFR have asked me to directly address you regarding the text. (and @malajanka )
Here it is with the modifications clearly highlighted. As a reminder, there is no intention to impose anything, but simply to bring our observations to the attention of the European Pirate Party.
Thank you for your attention.
The “War on Drugs” has failed * (This statement requires sources, you will find some in French at the end of the article.) . Prohibition ties up resources and causes immense costs. The unnecessary prosecution and conviction of users of psychoactive substances not only harms society through ever-increasing costs for the police and judiciary but also pushes marginalised people into illegality and to the margins of society, instead of regulating substance use outside a black market. This promotes the black market and organised crime. Many EU member states are planning a reassessment, legalisation, or decriminalisation of cannabis, which can only be a first step towards a “New Drug and Addiction Policy” ** (This statement requires sources, you will find some in French at the end of the article.) . Drug policy should first and foremost be health policy, taking into account the social and economic factors that promote drug use and addiction. A life without drugs in complete abstinence is inconceivable for most people, and freedom of the individual means being able to decide whether and which substances to consume. The state should only intervene in a regulatory way, depending on scientific findings about the danger of the substance/addiction.
The European Pirate Party believes that drug and addiction policies should be grounded in scientific evidence, prioritise individual autonomy and public health, and take into account the social and economic factors that drive drug use and addiction. The party supports a revision of the UN Conventions on Drugs and their implementation into EU law to create evidence-based drug policies that prioritise public health and harm reduction. The party believes that policies aimed at reducing the negative consequences of drug use should be prioritised over punitive approaches. These policies could include measures such as decriminalising drug use and possession, expanding access to evidence-based treatment ( The healthcare team is questioning the relevance of including this measure in the “drug policy” program.) , and regulating drugs to ensure safety and quality.
Pirates therefore advocate that the EU:
work towards a rewrite and, if necessary, a termination of the UN conventions on psychoactive substances in the direction of a science-based view and have cannabis and other substances (Need for more clarity to be able to defend this policy as effectively as possible) removed from the list of illicits drugs.
creates a framework that facilitates the scientific approach within which, among other things, information can be exchanged and a contribution made to research on psychoactive substances, and thus therapies with these substances can be researched and implemented ( e.g., cancer treatment, ADHD, LongCovid).
create a framework that encourages member states to decriminalise, legalise and regulate cannabis and other substances (Need for more clarity to be able to defend this policy as effectively as possible) in order to limit the black market and better ensure consumer and youth protection, as well as respect the philosophy of the free EU single market.
takes measures to regulate legal substances that are particularly harmful to health, such as alcohol and
nicotine (tobacco), and to ensure health, youth and consumer protection, for example by banning advertising and restricting lobbying.
One of their key priorities is harm reduction policies for drug users, and they believe that the European Union should encourage the introduction of harm reduction services such as drug-checking services, drug consumption rooms, and substitution therapy programs. The party argues that these services are an essential tool for reducing the harms associated with drug use, such as overdose deaths and the spread of blood-borne diseases. They also argue that these services can help to reduce the stigma associated with drug use and provide support for individuals who want to seek help for their drug use.
The European Pirate Party supports the regulation of cannabis for personal use in the EU. The party believes that criminalising personal use of cannabis is ineffective, disproportionately harms marginalised communities, and diverts resources from more urgent public health needs. The party advocates for evidence-based cannabis policies that prioritise harm reduction, including regulation of the production, distribution, and sale of cannabis to ensure safety and quality.
The European Pirate Party advocates for the legalisation of psychedelic-assisted therapy. The party believes that patients should have the right to access these therapies under medical supervision, and that they should be regulated to ensure safety and efficacy. The party supports the development of evidence-based policies aimed at expanding access to psychedelic-assisted therapy and promoting research into the therapeutic potential of these substances.
The European Pirate Party wishes for no barrier in medical research on psychedelic-assisted therapies. If these therapies are proven effective and safe, the European Pirate Party supports their use in a medical setting.
The European Pirate Party supports a joint European alcohol and tobacco policy focused on harm reduction. The party believes that public health should be a priority, and policies should be evidence-based and aimed at reducing harm to individuals and communities. The party advocates for measures such as education campaigns to promote responsible use ( The concept of “responsible consumption” doesn’t seem relevant to us, as it places the responsibility of dependency solely on the consumer.) of alcohol and tobacco, discourage excessive consumption,
regulations on and prohibit advertising and marketing to prevent youth access.*** (SAFER initiative of WHO)
The European Pirate Party advocates for rational regulation of gambling in the EU.
This would include the principle of informed choice, where information about how each game works, the house edge, risk of losing, and cost of play should be provided to players This includes the principle of informed player choice: information on how each game works, its cost, and the risks of financial losses. The party suggests debunking myths about gambling and preventing addiction.The party suggests demystifying myths about gambling and preventing addiction, banning advertising and marketing related to gambling.
Some explanations :
Regarding the systematic use of “cannabis and other substances,” the health team understands the desire to broaden the discussion on drugs beyond just cannabis. However, there are concerns about the usefulness and the risk this may pose for defenders in arguments with opponents who could potentially use this against them without clear clarity.
Advertising regulations, like those for alcohol and gambling in France, don’t seem sufficient. We want them to be banned. It doesn’t hinder the freedom to consume, but only the ability to increase profits for producers of these addictive substances or behaviors.
(Sorry, but I cannot post more than two sources. I cannot provide you with the references. They included a French scientific journal article on the failure of the war on drugs, a mapping of the state of legalizations across Europe, and the WHO’s SAFER program for alcohol.)
Additions in bold / comments in italics / deletions in strikethrough
It will be a pleasure to exchange with you on the subject.