The German authorities decided to revise their plans related to the liberalization of drug laws. The government has abandoned the full legalization of cannabis, at least in the near future.
According to Zeit, Germany will test the sale of marijuana as part of an experiment similar to the Dutch one. Officials will allow the sale of recreational cannabis in some regions of the country for four years. If testing of the legal cannabis supply chain is successful, then the ban on mj will be lifted nationwide.
The positive news is that the authorities are going to lift the ban on the cultivation of cannabis by individuals and non-profit institutions. Growers will have the right to form cooperatives and create cannabis clubs, which have been successfully operating in the Netherlands and Spain for several years. People who join these organizations will be able to receive cannabis in exchange for membership dues.
German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said that the German government will soon submit a draft cannabis law reform to the European Commission. He did not explain the reasons that prompted officials to make adjustments to the decree, but it is safe to assume that the German authorities proposed to limit the sale of marijuana in order not to incur strong criticism from colleagues.
Lauterbach noted that the updated version of the regulation on the legalization of cannabis meets the highest requirements and allows to protect people's health, as well as protect the younger generation from the negative consequences of cannabis abuse. Therefore, Karl claims that the decree received very good reviews from representatives of the governments of the EU member states.
However, not everyone was happy about the upcoming lifting of the drug ban in Germany. In early March, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) criticized officials' efforts to legalize cannabis. Experts said that due to legalization, the number of cannabis users among teenagers and young people is increasing, the level of safety on the roads is decreasing, and the volume of cannabis trade on the black market is not decreasing as much as it would be desirable.