Germany announces plan to legalise cannabis for recreational use

Germany announces plan to legalise cannabis for recreational use

  • German cabinet agreed plan for cannabis to be made legal, health minister says
  • People will be allowed to possess up to 1oz of cannabis for recreational use 
  • Licenced vendors will be able to sell cannabis to adults and produce it, he added 
  • However, plan must first be approved by EU courts before it comes into law 

Germany plans to legalise the possession of small amounts of cannabis for recreational use as well as its sale and production. 

Karl Lauterbach said that, under a plan agreed today by the cabinet, possession of up to 1oz of cannabis will become legal.

Adults will also be allowed to buy cannabis from licenced premises, with Mr Lauterbach saying the market will be tightly regulated.

Germany plans to allow adults to possess up to 1oz of cannabis for recreational use, as well as licensing vendors to sell and produce the drug (file image)

A question mark remains over whether the plan will go ahead because the government first wants to be sure that it is compatible with European Union law.

If Brussels gives the thumbs up then the plan will go ahead, Mr Lauterbach said. 

Legalising controlled sales of cannabis is one of a series of reforms outlined in last year’s coalition deal between the three socially liberal parties that make up Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government.

They said the plan would ensure quality control while also protecting young people, and agreed that the ‘social effects’ of the new legislation would be examined after four years.

Among other liberalising plans, the government has removed from Germany’s criminal code a ban on doctors ‘advertising’ abortion services.

Karl Lauterbach, the German health minister, said the plan is designed to combat black market sales but must first be approved by EU court

It also wants to ease the path to German citizenship, lift restrictions on dual citizenship, and reduce the minimum age for voting in national and European elections from 18 to 16.

The government also wants to scrap 40-year-old legislation that requires transsexual people to get a psychological assessment and a court decision before officially changing gender, a process that often involves intimate questions. 

It is due to be replaced with a new ‘self-determination law’.

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