Germany is making steady progress toward cannabis legalization, signaling a new era for the country. In an exciting development, the Ministry of Health has recently revealed a draft bill outlining the upcoming regulations for the personal use and cultivation of marijuana.
Germany, Europe's largest economy, is making significant progress in its efforts to reform cannabis laws. After a year of dedicated work by policymakers, the country's ministry of health has recently released a draft bill. This bill outlines a "two-pillar model" aimed at legalizing private cultivation of cannabis for personal use, as well as the cultivation of cannabis in communal associations for non-commercial purposes. This move marks a significant step towards a more progressive approach to cannabis in Germany.
It has been reported that adults aged 18 and above will soon have the freedom to have up to 25 grams of cannabis for personal use. In addition, they will be allowed to cultivate a maximum of three plants. This exciting development is part of a new draft bill that is set to change the rules and provide more autonomy for cannabis enthusiasts.
Consuming cannabis near minors and public spaces will still be forbidden. The ban applies within a 200-meter radius of schools, children's and youth facilities, playgrounds, publicly accessible sports venues, and pedestrian zones from 7 am to 8 pm. It's crucial to be aware that illegal actions will still result in fines and criminal charges.
The German government will move forward with its original plan if approved by the EU. During the summer break, the draft law is expected to be passed in the federal cabinet. It will then go through the parliamentary legislative process and be discussed in both the German Bundestag and the Bundesrat in the autumn. The final decision on the law rests with the German Bundestag.
The new law, which is set to take effect at the end of 2023, will allow adults to legally smoke a joint in the country. While approval from the Bundesrat is not necessary, it's important to note that until the law comes into force, cannabis will still be prohibited.
According to the German Ministry of Health, "The current drug policy on cannabis use is reaching its limits. Despite the ban on its purchase and possession, cannabis is widely used and use has increased in recent years," and went on to say, "The law aims to contribute to improved health protection, strengthen cannabis-related education and prevention, curb organized drug crime and strengthen child and youth protection."
Germany's journey toward cannabis legalization is making remarkable headway, ushering in a new era for the country. The Ministry of Health has unveiled a draft bill that outlines regulations for personal cannabis use and cultivation, setting the stage for a more progressive approach. Under the proposed "two-pillar model," individuals will soon have the freedom to possess up to 25 grams of cannabis and cultivate up to three plants for personal use.
However, restrictions will remain in place, prohibiting consumption near minors and public spaces. Pending approval from the EU, the draft law is expected to pass through the federal cabinet and undergo legislative processes in the autumn. The goal is to have the law in effect by the end of 2023, revolutionizing cannabis policies in Germany and addressing health protection, education, organized crime, and child and youth welfare.