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Germany Moves Close to Opening the Door on Cannabis Sales

Germany’s legalization plan receives a greenlight from the European Commission.




The plenary chamber of the German parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) is seen in the Reichstag building in Berlin. Germany’s Health Minister announced that a cannabis legalization bill may soon go before the Parliament. PHOTO WIKIMEDIA GNU FDL

Germany’s plan to legalize recreational cannabis and become the first European Union nation to regulate its sale may be nearing an end, according to Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, reports Forbes. The medical use of cannabis is currently legal in Germany.

Lauterbach announced a bill could be introduced in the next few weeks. Lauterbach last week said Germany’s legalization framework received “very good feedback” from the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, according to CNBC. Lauterbach said that plans would only go to Germany’s parliament — if the initiatives are compatible with EU law.

Under the plans, cannabis would no longer be classed as a narcotic and citizens over 18 would be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of the drug for personal use. Consumers could also grow up to three plants at home and licensed stores and pharmacies could sell cannabis products.

If approved, the bill could be implemented between now and mid-2024.



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