Germany to LEGALISE cannabis with possession and sale of drug for recreational use to be allowed

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CANNABIS is set to become legal for adults for “recreational purposes” in Germany in plans tabled by the country’s health minister.

Karl Lauterbach has unveiled proposals to decriminalise the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis and allow the sale of the substance to adults.


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A question mark remains over whether the plan approved by the Cabinet will go ahead because the government first wants to be sure that it is compatible with European Union law.

Health Minister Lauterbach said it will only go ahead with legislation if that is the case.

The plan calls for the sale of cannabis to adults at licensed outlets, and the aim is to combat the black market, Lauterbach said.

He added: “The federal cabinet today agreed the key points for the controlled distribution of cannabis to adults for recreational use.”

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Lauterbach said that the government intends to regulate the market tightly.

Legalising controlled sales of cannabis is one of a series of reforms outlined in last years coalition deal between the three socially liberal parties that make up Chancellor Olaf Scholzs government.

They said the plan would ensure quality control while also protecting young people, and agreed that the social effects of the new legislation would be examined after four years.

Among other liberalising plans, the government has removed from Germany’s criminal code a ban on doctors advertising abortion services.

It also wants to ease the path to German citizenship, lift restrictions on dual citizenship and reduce the minimum age for voting in national and European elections from 18 to 16.

The government also wants to scrap 40-year-old legislation that requires transsexual people to get a psychological assessment and a court decision before officially changing gender, a process that often involves intimate questions.

It is due to be replaced with a new self-determination law.

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