The German Parliament Decides to Approve “Cannabis Clubs” and Legalize Limited Cannabis Possession

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On Friday, German parliamentarians gave their approval to a government proposal to relax cannabis laws, opening the door for the nation to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana and permit “cannabis clubs” members to purchase it for recreational use.

The government’s goal, according to Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, is to “fight the black market” and improve youth protection. The most populous country in the European Union, he claimed, has failed to implement effective rules in light of rising cannabis consumption and growing issues with contaminated or highly concentrated cannabis.

He told lawmakers, “No matter what we do, we can’t carry on like this.” “You can bury your head in the sand, but that won’t help us solve a single issue.”While acknowledging that he had personally long opposed legalization, Lauterbach contended that addiction experts believed that dispelling the stigma associated with marijuana and educating people about its dangers was the best course of action.

The law would legalize the recreational possession of up to 25 grams (or almost 1 ounce) of marijuana by adults and permit up to three independent plant grows. The law’s relevant portion is expected to go into effect on April 1.The government intends to outlaw cannabis advertising and sponsorship, and clubs and use of the drug won’t be permitted in close proximity to playgrounds, sports facilities, or schools. Within 18 months of the law’s enactment, an assessment of its impact on the protection of children and young people must be completed.

The reform is fiercely opposed by the largest opposition bloc, which is center-right.

Conservative legislator Tino Sorge addressed Lauterbach, saying, “You’re asserting here in all seriousness as health minister… that we will curb consumption among children and young people with the legalization of further drugs.” “That is the most absurd thing I have ever heard.”

After the vote, Lauterbach told reporters, “Dealers have no reason at all to celebrate.” He mentioned that as a result of the new laws, dealers who

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