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German Cannabis Legalization Explained

German Cannabis Legalization Explained

The German government's cannabis reform initiative has successfully passed its final parliamentary hurdle, signaling the impending decriminalization of limited marijuana possession starting April 1st.

Under the approved legislation, individuals will be permitted to possess up to 25 grams of marijuana for recreational use and cultivate up to three plants for personal use, effective April 1st. Additionally, the legislation introduces the concept of "cannabis clubs," allowing German residents aged 18 and above to join nonprofit clubs with a maximum of 500 members each, starting July 1st.

The bill's journey through the parliamentary process was not without challenges, as the fate of the legislation in the upper house, representing Germany's state governments, remained uncertain due to a lack of majority support for Chancellor Olaf Scholz's socially liberal coalition. However, opponents' attempts to delay the bill by sending it to a mediation committee were unsuccessful.

Key provisions of the legislation include caps on individual purchase amounts, with adults allowed up to 25 grams per day or 50 grams per month, and stricter limits for individuals under 21. Membership in multiple clubs will not be permitted, and club expenses will be covered by staggered membership fees based on usage.

Moreover, the legislation includes an amnesty clause aimed at reviewing and potentially reversing sentences for cannabis-related offenses that will no longer be considered illegal, a move that has raised concerns among regional authorities about potential judicial system strain.

Opposition leader Friedrich Merz has expressed his party's intent to reverse the legislation if they secure victory in the upcoming national elections expected in fall 2025, indicating potential future challenges to the implementation of the cannabis reform measures.


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