Demonstrations rocked the German capital city of Berlin last weekend as hundreds of Germans joined the country’s yearly marijuana legalization protests. Held just days before the German country met to discuss the fate of a draft measure that would get rid of Germany’s ban on cannabis, several hundred protestors joined the annual Hanfparade (Hemp Parade) and called on the government to legalize cannabis.
The rally began at the Berlin Rotes Rathaus (Red town hall) before the protestors walked a route that took them through the Unter den Linden boulevard and to the government district.
Held every year since 1997, the Hemp Parade’s main goal is to persuade the government to review and liberalize policies on soft drugs such as hashish and marijuana that come from the marijuana plant. Event organizers also support and advocate for expanded access to medical marijuana as well as the use of hemp, a plant in the cannabis family that produces very minimal amounts of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
This year’s demonstration motto was “Hemp is great for peace and climate.”
German lawmakers plan on legalizing marijuana and possibly allowing the possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis and home cultivation of up to three cannabis plants for adults. A proposed cannabis legalization law would also allow “cannabis clubs” to cultivate and sell cannabis to adults under specific rules. This includes limiting each customer to 50 grams of cannabis per month and using neutral packaging.
On top of generating millions of dollars in revenue, the proposed law would save Germany’s police force, the legal system and prison facilities more than $1.11 billion in operational costs every year.
Although reform activists hope the bill will advance and finally end cannabis prohibition in Germany, it will likely face plenty of pushback from associated agencies and organizations. For instance, the German Judges Association (DRB) claims upholding the measure will be difficult, calling it a “very small-scale law” that would require a very high degree of control and potentially lead to several court disputes. The DRB added that the legalization measure would have little effect on Germany’s illicit drug market.
German police have also criticized the proposed marijuana legalization measure. Like the DRB, the deputy head of the German Police Union (Gdp) says that the measure “lacks precision and oversight” and will burden the country’s police force to a significant degree. Gdp deputy federal chairman Alexander Poitz argued that the measure does not outline how to source and manage the additional personnel and technical effort law enforcement will need if it becomes law.
The Free Democratic Party (FDP) addiction and drug-policy spokesperson Kristine Lütke also said that the proposal in its current form would “create a bureaucratic monster.”
As more countries consider and implement marijuana legalization measures, many enterprises are likely to mushroom and thrive in the way that companies such as Advanced Container Technologies Inc. (OTC: ACTX) are finding success by doing business with marijuana companies in the U.S.
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