Germany Takes First Steps Towards Legalizing Cannabis

The German government is preparing for the possible legalization of cannabis. German local media reported about this on Tuesday. As a result, purchasing and possessing up to 20 grams of cannabis from 18 will no longer be punished.

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) has presented some key points about a plan for controlled legalization of cannabis, the Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland reports, which can view the document.

According to the article, the main points of Minister Lauterbach’s proposals are being discussed by the relevant ministries.

The cultivation of up to two cannabis plants for personal use would be allowed. However, according to the plans, the amount of the active ingredient THC in legalized cannabis may not exceed 15 percent.

Cannabis would no longer be legally considered a narcotic.

If young people under 18 were caught with cannabis, they would not be punished. In that case, however, the youth care services can oblige young people to participate in prevention courses. The cannabis would be confiscated.

The location of cannabis shops would be regulated: they should be at a minimum distance from schools and child and youth facilities. The governing coalition will submit a bill by the end of this year or early next year.

Lauterbach estimates that approximately 4 million adults use cannabis in Germany. Unfortunately, this is accompanied by a large black market and involvement in organized crime.

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