The federal cabinet in Germany has approved a framework through which marijuana could be legalized in the country. However, escalating the proposal to a legalization law is subject to approval by the European Commission as well as international law.
In recent weeks, a number of details have been surfacing on local and international media indicating some of the provisions included in the legalization framework. The plan was finally tabled before the full cabinet last Wednesday and its contents became readily available to the wider public. The cabinet approved the plan, and that brings it a little closer to making its way to the country’s lawmakers for legislative approval.
Karl Lauterbach, the country’s minister of health, admitted that the proposal shouldn’t as yet been regarded as a breakthrough in drug policy reform. He said that the EU Commission has to review the framework, and a legislative bill can then be drafted from those proposals if the Commission OKs the plan. He added that the German federal government would also soon issue its own declaration indicating the status of the framework in terms of aligning with the existing international treaties on marijuana.
The minister mentioned that the country was interested in decriminalizing cannabis with a view to giving kids better protection from the drug as well as furthering public health protection objectives.
The 12-page framework indicates that individuals who are at least 18 years old would be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana as well as grow a maximum of three plants for their own personal use. Those plants will have to be enclosed so that access to them by minors is prevented. Cannabis sales would take place at stores licensed by the federal government, and pharmacies are also being considered as possible sales locations.
A previous version of this framework was leaked to the public, resulting in an uproar about the plan to put a THC threshold on all marijuana products. That limit has since been dropped in this version approved by cabinet. However, the current framework proposes that THC caps will be enforced for any marijuana products that will be sold to those between 18 and 20 years of age, while products for those older than 20 wouldn’t have a THC upper limit.
Additionally, if the proposed legalization plan is approved in its current form, all current criminal proceedings in connection to cases that would be legal under the terms of the plan would be halted and eventually closed once the legalization law starts being implemented.
The comments about obtaining EU approval have dampened the enthusiasm of legalization advocates because it isn’t clear cut whether the commission will approve the framework for implementation.
The marijuana industry around the world, including enterprises such as American Cannabis Partners, will be following developments in Germany closely because of their possible ramifications for the entire European Union bloc as well as the global cannabis industry.
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