As a child of the 1980s, my school days were all about oversized clothes, Tamagotchis, football cards, the Backstreet Boys and a fear of ‘druggies’. ‘Druggies’ were these people with filthy clothes and hollow-cheeked, cheesy faces. I can still remember my grandmother tightening her grip of my hand when we walked past Kocherpark in Bern. Then, something happened. Around the time my voice was breaking, the crowds in Kocherpark suddenly vanished. The same happened in Zürich, where up to 3000 junkies hung out at the Platzspitz at its height. What had happened? Had all those people kicked the habit? Were all those years of zero tolerance finally bearing fruit? On the contrary! The authorities had finally realised that drug addicts shouldn't be prosecuted and locked up, but supported and counselled. As backward and narrow-minded as Switzerland may be at times, by introducing the controlled distribution of heroin, the country broke new ground and paved the way for a realistic illegal drugs policy. People want to get intoxicated. They always have and they always will. Whether you approve of it or not is up to you. An even better approach would be to stop classifying and benchmarking everything altogether. There is no shadow without light, no night without day. Illegal drugs in general and cannabis in particular are neither good nor bad. Their possible benefit and risks are in balance and it has been shown in recent past decades that prohibition in terms of dealing with these risks leads to absolutely nothing. As such, it is time for more public information to become available; time for more knowledge. After all, those who know nothing must believe everything.