Germany Approves Partial Legalization of Cannabis April 1st

The TDR Three Takeaways for Germany:

  1. Germany’s partial cannabis legalization allows adults to carry up to 25 grams for consumption
  2. Starting April 1, Germany’s law permits storing 50 grams at home and cultivating three plants
  3. Cannabis clubs in Germany, starting July 1, will support controlled growth and purchase, emphasizing regulated access.

Germany’s decision to partially legalize cannabis represents a change in its drug policy, marking a new chapter in the nation’s approach to cannabis consumption and regulation. This significant policy shift, set to take effect on April 1, allows adults to carry up to 25 grams of cannabis for personal use and store up to 50 grams at home. Furthermore, the legislation permits the cultivation of up to three cannabis plants for personal use, signaling a move towards more liberal drug laws.

This is a further final approval to what was shared earlier this year in anticipation of this final approval. Earlier in March, we reported that there were more attempts at negotiation by a mediation committee that could have caused delays. But, now, the April 1st approval date is back on track.

The Bundesrat, Germany’s upper house, played a crucial role in clearing the path for this legislation, despite debates over potential negative consequences. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has been a vocal advocate for this change, arguing that previous drug policies have only fueled a black market without effectively addressing consumption. This new approach aims to regulate and control the use of cannabis among adults, while still prohibiting its use by minors.

One of the aspects of Germany’s cannabis legalization is the introduction of special cannabis clubs, which will be allowed to grow and purchase the drug on a limited basis from July 1. These clubs can have up to 500 members, offering a regulated environment for cannabis consumption and cultivation. This model seeks to balance personal freedom with public health and safety, acknowledging the reality of cannabis use while attempting to mitigate its potential harms.

Public consumption of cannabis will also see changes, with consumption allowed except in the vicinity of children or near sports facilities, and within pedestrian zones during specific hours. This nuanced approach aims to integrate cannabis into society in a way that respects both users’ rights and public sensibilities. Want to keep up to date with all of TDR’s research and news, subscribe to our daily Baked In newsletter.   

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