Iceland: Disputed Bill Would Legalise Home Brewing

Home brewing is currently illegal in Iceland, but a bill proposing its legalisation has been reintroduced in parliament. Backed by 10 MPs from the Pirate Party, Independence Party, Social Democratic Alliance, and the Reform Party, the bill proposes legalising home brewing for personal consumption.

The Directorate of Health expressed opposition to the bill, stating that it is in fact alcohol abuse which is a deep-rooted part of Icelandic culture. The Directorate claims limited access plays a crucial role in reducing the harmful effects of alcohol consumption. It also points out that all measures aimed at increasing the total consumption of alcohol are contrary to government policies on alcohol and drug abuse.

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