Germany’s Cannabis Revolution: Proposed Legislation Paves the Way for Legal Clubs and Personal Cultivation






Cannabis Revolution Takes Root in Germany

Cannabis Revolution Takes Root in Germany: Legal Clubs and Personal Cultivation on the Horizon

Germany is on the brink of a groundbreaking transformation with its “Cannabis Revolution” as a proposed legislation, unveiled just last month, charts the course for a new era. The plan, designed to embrace change, would grant adults the legal right to possess cannabis and nurture up to three plants for personal use. Additionally, it introduces the concept of social clubs, empowered to distribute marijuana to members. Purchase limits are stipulated for individuals above 21 years, allowing 25 grams of cannabis daily, capped at 50 grams per month. For those aged 18 to 21, a slightly lower monthly cap of 30 grams is proposed.

To ensure responsible implementation, these social clubs won’t be allowed within 200 meters of schools. Furthermore, a controlled ratio of one club per 6,000 residents per city or district is introduced, with a cap of 500 members per club. The proposed legislation establishes social club permits valid for up to seven years, with the potential for extensions after five years. Notably, club membership must span at least two months under this draft bill.

Despite opposition from certain medical and law enforcement associations, Minister Lauterbach highlights the comprehensive public education accompanying this reform. In April, he initially disclosed details of the revised legalization plan and subsequently distributed the legislative text among cabinet members.

While the government’s earlier framework was slated for release by the first quarter of 2023, its publication was delayed due to scheduling constraints. This adjustment aimed to avoid potential conflicts with laws.

advocating for extensive cannabis legalization policies have generally embraced the government’s proposals outlined in April. However, some lawmakers, like Bundestag member Kristine Lütke, assert that the latest version still requires refinements. Lütke underscores the need to eliminate provisions such as a THC cap for and stringent consumption bans around cannabis clubs. She maintains that these are essential to crafting a practical and meaningful law.

Health Minister’s remarks in March highlighted the positive reception of the reform framework by EU officials. The initial framework was approved by Germany’s Federal Cabinet last year, with the additional step of securing EU approval to avoid violating international obligations.

This framework’s formulation involved extensive review and negotiation within Germany’s administration and its coalition government. The journey toward legalization commenced with hearings aimed at informing legislation to end in the country.

Last year, a group of German lawmakers and Narcotics Drugs Commissioner Burkhard Blienert visited California’s cannabis businesses. This excursion aimed to inform Germany’s approach to legalization, closely following a landmark among officials from Germany, , Malta, and the Netherlands to discuss and strategies related to recreational marijuana legalization.

Germany’s coalition government had announced its commitment to ending cannabis prohibition and establishing regulations for a legal cannabis industry back in 2021. Certain details of the plan were previewed last year.

A comprehensive international survey conducted last year showcased significant support for legalization across key European countries, including Germany. The momentum of the “Cannabis Revolution” appears to be building, promising transformative changes on the horizon.


Malvin Felix
I'm Malvin, a cannabis news enthusiast who finds joy in staying updated about the latest industry trends. My passion led me to become a dedicated writer, entrepreneur, and investor in the cannabis space. Through my writing, I aim to educate and spark discussions, while my entrepreneurial ventures and strategic investments reflect my commitment to driving positive change in the industry.

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