STATEMENT Cultiva Hemp Expo 2019
Since the first Cultiva hemp fair in 2008, it is the aim is to provide a platform for the hemp plant and its use, the industry and its development, as well as the many related socio-political issues.
With the increase in consumers and patients, cannabis has also become an issue in road traffic. In 2018, a panel of experts and lawyers was set up at the Cultiva Cannabis Congress, resulting in a jointly signed traffic resolution. This year, a panel of experts met again and together with a traffic psychologist, the demand for an objective assessment of the fitness to drive again became clear.
While experts met at the hemp congress and fair visitors enjoyed the event, a real hunt for participants who came by car raged ahead of the fair. After there are no limits for an objective assessment of driving ability, arbitrariness is open to the public. Anyone who has ever used cannabis in the past few days, is positive in the drug test, although there is no present impairment. The many reports of those affected are shocking. Exhibitors, visitors and employees had to give urine in the parking lot in front of passers-by - even women had to publicly expose themselves. A pain patient with recent intervertebral disc surgery had to undergo tests that were not feasible for him, e.g. standing on one leg, doing. He was held for hours despite evidence of hypoglycaemia due to diabetes. The list of such offical acts could be continued for a long time.
In addition to the political failure to reach a clear settlement, it should not go unmentioned that the official acts were characterized by incredible disrespect. The reports of derogatory statements and insults by the executive show how young officials not only complied with the call for "hunting the poisoners," but also lived them out with enthusiasm. This "diligence" and the "perseverance" of the officials are praised in the press (NÖN 42/2019). The over-motivated obedience was clearly felt by respectable people. It was reminiscent of times that are apparently still present in Austria.
According to Statistics Austria, excessive speed and lack of attention at the wheel are among the main causes of traffic accidents. The large number of provisional driver's license revocations due to the increased density of controls and does not allow any conclusions about increased consumption in the population.
The Cultiva has all the more the goal of advocating for an objective regulation in the road traffic and for dealing objectively with cannabis. The event became a target and many visitors were victims of arbitrariness, but the Cultiva hemp fair and congress can also point to a problem and contribute to a dialogue. It is an act against the values of democracy and against humanity for consumers and patients not to make traffic policy arrangements and to have the police staged a hunt.
Harald Schubert, Managing Director of Cultiva GmbH, concludes, "We will continue to push ahead with public transport by 2020 and work with the relevant interest groups for objective evaluation criteria to determine the suitability for driving."