Germany Implements Partial Cannabis Legalization Law

Germany has entered into a new era of drug policy as a law partially legalizing the consumption and sale of marijuana takes effect amidst heated societal debates.

As of Monday, April 1, Germany has removed cannabis from the list of banned substances in its drug law, permitting adults to possess and cultivate a limited amount for personal use. Adults can now carry up to 25 grams of cannabis, whether marijuana or hashish, or store up to 50 grams at home.

Furthermore, individuals are allowed to cultivate up to three cannabis plants for personal use in private gardens. However, this requires collaboration with fellow enthusiasts in a form of “cannabis lovers club” and obtaining approval from local authorities for both cultivation and storage. These clubs will operate on a non-profit basis, with members purchasing cannabis or hashish from one another, limited to a maximum of 50 grams per member per month.

While public consumption of cannabis is permitted, it is prohibited within 200 meters of schools, kindergartens, playgrounds, youth facilities, and sports institutions. Additionally, the use of marijuana while operating a vehicle remains strictly prohibited.

The implementation of this law marks a significant shift in Germany’s approach to drug regulation, prompting discussions about its potential impact on public health and social dynamics.



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