Germany to legalize cannabis for “recreational purposes”

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Germany’s ruling coalition has approved a plan to legalize recreational cannabis use among adults, pending approval by Parliament of the plan, which has received support from the European Commission.

In the plan to legalize cannabis, individuals will be allowed to possess a maximum of 30 grams of the drug, and stores and pharmacies will also be allowed to sell it.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach confirmed that government plans could become law by 2024. According to the same plan, each adult will be allowed to grow 3 cannabis plants at home.

Presenting the cannabis legalization plan, Lauterbach said, “Decriminalizing cannabis use will help protect the health of young people because its ban has not been successful over the past years.”

He also made observations that rates of cannabis use are increasing, as well as the proportion of drug addicts among adults, saying, “We want to legalize it and monitor the market firmly.”

The German government has sent its plan to the European Commission, to ensure that it is compatible with the founding treaties of the Union.

It is noteworthy that, last year, the plan was announced in the corridors of the ruling coalition in Germany, which is led by the Social Democratic Party.

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