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Germany takes another step towards planned cannabis legalization

Published : 21 Feb 2024, 21:20

  DF News Desk
File Photo: Hannes P Albert/dpa.

Another hurdle has been cleared on the way to legalizing cannabis in Germany, reported dpa.

The leading health committee of Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, approved the coalition's legislative plans with several amendments on Wednesday, according to committee sources.

Starting from April 1, adults will be able to grow up to three cannabis plants at home and possess 50 grams there. In public, adults will be allowed to have up to 25 grams for their own consumption. As of July 1, clubs will be allowed for joint cultivation.

The law aims to push back on the black market and reduce drug-related crime, curb dealing of cut or toxic substances and to bring down the number of consumers, the health minister has said.

Formally, the law is set to be passed by the Bundestag on Friday. It would then be sent to the upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat, on March 22, where it is not expected to meet hurdles.

As of April 1, the cannabis ban in place for more than 40 years is almost certain to be lifted.

The legislation was agreed to in November but there were lengthy discussions within the coalition over protections for young people, with one lawmaker voicing fears that "people would literally be smoking weed on every corner."

Public consumption is to be banned in schools and sports facilities and within sight of them, and within 18 months after the law comes into force, an assessment will be made on how it will affect children and young people.