Future German Coalition Agrees to Legalize Cannabis

Nov, 2021 by Cannabiz Wholesaler

BERLIN — The three parties likely to form Germany’s next governing coalition have agreed to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational purposes, multiple German media outlets reported.

The center-left Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the liberal Free Democrats (FDP) plan to "introduce the regulated sale of cannabis to adults for consumption purposes in licensed stores," according to the health group's findings paper cited in the media. This ensures quality control, prevents the distribution of contaminated products, and guarantees the protection of minors, it said. However, it is not yet clear whether the cultivation of cannabis within Germany will also be legalized.

Except for medical purposes, the sale of cannabis has so far been prohibited in Germany, although the Greens and FDP in particular have long pushed for a regulated trade. The coalition intends to give itself four years to assess the impact of the law on German society.

Legalizing cannabis could bring Germany more than €4.7 billion in additional revenue annually, according to a study by the university of Düsseldorf. Germany would not only gain additional tax revenue, but save money in law enforcement and the judiciary. But German police unions recently warned the likely coalition against legalizing the drug.

The three parties also plan to expand drug-checking models, in which users can have their drugs checked for their chemical composition and can be warned of particularly dangerous ingredients. Meanwhile, they want to tighten regulations on the marketing and sponsorship of drugs such as nicotine and alcohol. "We are constantly measuring the regulations against new scientific findings and adjusting health protection measures accordingly," the report reads.

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