German Lawmakers Pass Cannabis Legalization Bill

German Lawmakers Pass Cannabis Legalization Bill

German lawmakers have given final approval to a long-awaited cannabis legalization bill, paving the way for significant changes in the country’s cannabis laws. The legislation legalizes personal possession of up to an ounce and permits individuals to cultivate three plants. It is scheduled to take effect on Monday, April 1.

The bill also includes provisions for nonprofit “cannabis clubs,” which will become operational on July 1. These clubs will allow German residents to purchase cannabis, with monthly purchase limits set at 30 grams for residents under 21 and 50 grams for those 21 and older. Daily purchase limits for adults aged 18 and older are capped at 25 grams per day. Funding for the clubs will primarily come from membership fees, with each club limited to 500 members.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach expressed optimism about the new legislation, stating, “Hopefully, this is the beginning of the end for the black market today.” He also emphasized the importance of responsible cannabis use.

However, opposition leader Friedrich Merz indicated that his party intends to reverse the legislation if they win national elections expected in the fall of 2025. Despite potential future challenges, the bill includes provisions for expunging previous criminal charges related to cannabis.

This move marks a significant step forward for cannabis reform in Germany and is expected to have far-reaching implications for both consumers and the cannabis industry.

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