Germany’s Cannabis Legalization Proposal: Health Minister Karl Lauterbach Outlines Progress and Timeline

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbauch recently attended a meeting in Brussels, Belgium with the Council of Ministers for Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumers on March 14, where he spoke about the progress of his cannabis proposal and its estimated timeline of release. According to Europa Press, his proposal “has obtained a very good response from the Commission.”

Lauterbach’s proposal is expected to be presented in the next few weeks and he emphasized that it is essential to comply with European legislation while maintaining their own objectives. The proposal aims to reduce crime and make cannabis use as safe as possible. The plan is the most liberal legalization of cannabis in Europe, which will result in the most regulated market in the EU.

A separate cannabis proposal was also held in a meeting with the German Bundestag Health Committee on March 15, which proposed allowing adults to purchase and possess up to 30 grams of cannabis. The cultivation of up to three female cannabis plants for personal or community use should also be permitted, and keeping a year’s harvest of up to two plants should also be allowed. The draft law provides for administrative offenses and fines if the maximum permissible amounts are exceeded.

Germany legalized medical cannabis in March 2017 and officially announced an interest in exploring recreational legalization in late 2021. In June 2022, it was announced that five hearings would be held to discuss the importance of public safety, youth prevention, supply chains, and more.

Officials from the delegation of the Health Committee of the Bundestag traveled to California in September 2022 to assess the opportunities and risks of legalization. They met with Oaksterdam University Chancellor Dale Sky Jones, CA NORML representatives, and many other advocates, and also toured cannabis dispensaries. Finally, they explored Lowell Farms cultivation facility and discussed seed to sale, including energy and water conservation, as well as the inner workings of SC Labs in regards to lab testing and compliance.

Legalizing cannabis in Germany will bring about many changes and regulations. Lauterbach’s proposal aims to make cannabis use as safe as possible while complying with European legislation. Legalization will also offer economic benefits by creating jobs and a regulated market. It will be interesting to see how Germany implements its plan and the impact it will have on the rest of Europe.

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