Roughly one year after the federal election in September 2021, the German government's plans to legalize cannabis for recreational use have further taken shape. German Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach (SPD) has introduced a document on the key points of the planned legislative changes on Wednesday, 26 October 2022. According to this document, cultivation, distribution and taxation — as well as advertisement for recreational use — of cannabis will be specifically regulated.
Based on the information given in the introduced document, the German Ministry of Health has elaborated the following key points of the upcoming legalization of cannabis for recreational use:
While so far no draft bill, let alone a legally binding law, has been published, the backlash for the government's plans is already strong. In particular, two specific points are at the center of discussion:
In conclusion, the planned legalization of cannabis for recreational use already causes a lot of controversy in Germany even if there is no concrete draft bill yet. For now, it is advisable to closely monitor further developments and observe the government's next steps: For the end of the year 2022, German Minister of Health has announced his intention to file a draft bill for the legalization of cannabis for recreational use by the end of 2022.
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