Cannabis Legalization Plan Unveiled In Germany Comes With Restrictions

On Wednesday, the health minister of Germany revealed a proposal to legalize the selling of cannabis to adults for recreational use in a regulated market and to decriminalize the possession of up to 30 grams (or 1 ounce) of the drug.

The Cannabis Plan

According to Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, Berlin would ask the European Union’s executive commission whether the plan agreed upon by the German government is legal with EU law and would only move on with legislation “on this basis” if it receives approval.

According to Lauterbach, the new regulations might be “a model for Europe.” Realistically, he argued, they won’t go into force until 2024.

Lauterbach added that the plan calls for cannabis to be grown legally and sold to adults at authorized stores to combat the criminal market. Up to three plants might be grown by an individual, and 20 to 30 grams of marijuana could be purchased or possessed.

If the legislation passes as expected, Lauterbach stated, “this would be, on the one hand, the most liberal cannabis legalization project in Europe, and on the other hand, it would also be the most closely regulated market.”

According to him, the government’s proposal’s main objectives are “better youth and health protection.”

It “may be a model for Europe,” he argued, whose rules are a mishmash of frequently onerous regulations.

The minister, who was previously opposed to legalizing cannabis, stated that the current system is ineffective because of increased consumption and a thriving black market. He claimed that out of Germany’s 83 million citizens, 4 million smoked cannabis in the past year, with a quarter of those between 18 and 24.

According to Lauterbach, Germany didn’t want to follow the Netherlands’ long-standing example, which is its neighbor to the northwest. It combines a lack of market regulation with decriminalization.

According to Lauterbach, Germany won’t now permit cannabis consumption in the areas where it is sold, but it will investigate the possibility. The sale of the chemical in edible form is no different.

Cannabis dispensaries would not be permitted to sell alcohol or tobacco goods and could not be situated close to schools.

The health minister stated that while the government does not aim to set a price, it would set standards for quality. Although he did not say whether a “cannabis tax” over and beyond the regular sales tax would be imposed, which could be used to pay for information about the drug’s risks, he did say that the substance shouldn’t be made so expensive that it cannot compete with the black market.

The three socially liberal parties in Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s cabinet reached a coalition agreement last year that included several measures, including the cannabis proposal. At the time, they pledged to review the “social implications” of the new legislation after four years.

A prohibition on doctors “promoting” abortion services has been lifted from Germany’s penal law, among other liberalizing initiatives. Additionally, it seeks to remove barriers to dual citizenship, make it easier to become a German citizen and lower the voting age from 18 to 16.

German Government 2022

The year 2022 is critical for Germany’s energy transformation. To name just a few of the many goals outlined in their coalition agreement, the new government aims to accelerate the country’s transition to renewable energy sources, move up the coal phase-out, and establish an international climate club. New ministries and ministers have been established to revitalize climate action in underperforming sectors like transportation, construction, and agriculture. In the following months, several important policy decisions will need to be made at the EU level, where Germany is expected to play a significant role. But numerous other domestic and international events, like the current Covid-19 outbreak and its economic repercussions, are also expected to impact the direction of climate action significantly. What to look out for in Germany’s energy and climate policies in 2022 is outlined by Clean Energy Wire.

Self-Determination Law

The government also wants to repeal a 40-year-old law that demands that trans sexual receive an intimate questions-and-answers-filled psychological evaluation before they can legally change their gender. A new “self-determination law” is about to take its place.

 

 

Gloria Flynt

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