Otto Schily, the Social-Democratic minister for Internal Affairs, told the German newspaper Der Spiegel this week that the government, in coalition with the Green party, is considering moving toward the legalization of soft drugs such as cannabis. It appears at this point that the coalition will authorize a government study of the issue before pressing further. The Social-Democrats are said to have been internally divided on the issue, while the Greens have long called for cannabis law reform. The new government has already announced plans for some drug policy reforms, including expansion of methadone treatment and an opiate maintenance trial.

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