Germany Clears Legal Path for Recreational Cannabis Use

Céleste Müller
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Germany’s Federal Council has given the green light to the legalization of recreational cannabis for personal use, despite facing opposition. The law, passed by the Bundestag, will allow possession and cultivation of cannabis for personal consumption from April 1, while sales remain illegal. The approval of the law will come into effect after being officially signed by the President of Germany. The move has sparked criticism from some states, but the majority decision has paved the way for implementation without delay. Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach emphasized that the legislation could help protect the younger generation by reducing black market activity and enhancing education. Adults aged 18 and over will be permitted to possess and cultivate specific amounts of cannabis for personal use. The new law also allows the establishment of cannabis social clubs and sets the stage for a controlled cannabis sale pilot program. The impact of the legal market on public health will be thoroughly monitored and evaluated. This development is expected to transform Germany's cannabis policy, with implications on public health and social dynamics.

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