The initiative contemplates allowing the acquisition and possession of up to 30 grams of the substance and legalizing its production, supply and distribution within a framework regulated by the State.
The German Minister of Health, Karl Lauterbach, presented this Wednesday before the cabinet of Chancellor Olaf Scholz a plan that seeks to legalize cannabis for personal recreational consumption, reports the state media Deutsche Welle.
The initiative proposes to allow the acquisition and possession of up to 30 grams of said substance for recreational purposes and to legalize its production, supply and distribution within a framework regulated and controlled by the State.
The plan contemplates that the cannabis cultivation Come in individuals is limited, allowing an adult person to have up to a maximum of three plants. To purchase the substance, consumers will need to go to specialty stores and possibly pharmacies. Likewise, the advertising of cannabis products would be prohibited.
Lauterbach defended the measure arguing that, according to a survey, around four million adults use cannabis in Germany, pointing out that these data suggest that there is a large black market and organized crime related to the trade in the substance.
A model for Europe
For this reason, the minister assured that the German drug policy has to be renewed, since the current approaches have not managed to limit consumption. In this sense, he indicated that the plan, which also seeks to generate greater protection for minors, could become a model for Europe.
The governing coalition is now expected to present a draft bill later this year or early next, which would be subject to Possible changes in the course of legislative process. In fact, a specific bill will not be drafted until the European Commission says whether or not the plan complies with European and international law.
Last month, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner declared that cannabis could be legalized next year. However, Burkhard Blienert, federal commissioner of Drugs and Addictions, expressed doubts that the new law can be implemented before 2024.