Germany is looking to legalize cannabis use. According to Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, there is proposed legislation to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes.
The bill will allow individuals to possess 20 to 30 grams for consumption and allow those in Germany to grow privately under regulations, TravelNoire reported.
And what’s even better is that criminal cases that involve cannabis would all be dropped.
Under the legislation, the government will be able to implement a tax on cannabis and offer cannabis-related education.
“The biggest question in the current legislative proposal is and remains the interpretation by the European Commission,” said CEO of Bloomwell Group, Niklas Kouparanis. The group is one of Germany’s largest medical cannabis operators. “If the Commission says no to Germany’s current approach to cannabis legalization, our government should seek alternative solutions”.
Co-founder of the Bloomwell Group Anna-Sophia Kouparanis eradicated the THC limits on products and wants to assist those in custody over cannabis to transition into the cannabis legal business. “It would be optimal to also extend considerations to the players in the current illicit market and help them transition into the legal adult-use market,” said Kouparanis.
The policy was introduced a year ago by Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who wanted Germany to become one of the first European countries to legalize weed. However, legislation was passed to allow the controlled distribution of cannabis products in licensed shops and the country is pacing itself to legalize recreational use since they have found some advantages to legalizing cannabis. One advantage is the nearly 5 Billion dollars in profits for Germany and that the legalization will create close to 30,000 new jobs.
Still, some states in Germany oppose it. Bavaria’s Health Minister doesn’t want Germany to become a “drug tourism” destination. He feels it could affect the country’s identity. However, there are political parties that advocate for legalization. The Green Party, the Social Democrats, and the Free Democrats support the bill and are working on their proposals. Germany will present the legislation to the European, Commission and from their assessment, it will be decided.
Health Minister Lauterbach wants the bill to get passed in 2024.