Germany prepares to legalise cannabis in 2024

The German coalition government is finalising details for long-awaited cannabis legalisation, including dates for cannabis cultivation and the establishment of cannabis clubs.

Germany’s new agency, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA), recently released further details regarding the country’s cannabis policy.

The so-called Traffic Light coalition, made of the Social Democratic Party, the Free Democratic Party, and The Greens, has finally reached an agreement on establishing the rules for the regulation of cannabis in Germany.

The legalization of cannabis possession and cultivation will take effect on April 1, 2024, while the establishment of cannabis social clubs is expected to become possible from July 1, as reported by several local news media outlets.

The coalition government in Germany has adjusted the rules concerning the possession and consumption of cannabis, aiming to make them less stringent than initially intended.

According to a post on X by Kirsten Kappert-Gonther, member of the Bundestag, the German federal parliament, and chairwoman of the Health Committee, the quantity of dried cannabis allowed for home cultivation is set to be doubled, increasing from 25 to 50 grams.

The proposed penal consequences will also be softened to avoid facing immediate criminal charges.

While initially there were plans for criminal liability for amounts exceeding 25 grams, now, quantities ranging from 25 to 30 grams of cannabis in public spaces and 50 to 60 grams in private spaces will be considered an administrative offense. Criminal offenses apply only to possession beyond these limits.

Additionally, potential fines are expected to decrease from a maximum of €100,000 to a maximum of €30,000 ($109,572 to $32,871) for the sake of proportionality.

Furthermore, the exclusion zone for cannabis consumption near daycare centres, playgrounds, and schools is slated to be reduced from 200 to 100 meters.

The legalization of cannabis possession and cultivation will take effect on April 1, 2024, while the establishment of cannabis social clubs is expected to become possible from July 1, as reported by several local news media outlets.

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