Germany to partially Legalise cannabis: new rules and regulations explained.

Germany is set to embark on a partial legalization of cannabis, fulfilling a key promise of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s coalition government. However, navigating access to the drug will come with its own set of regulations. Here’s a breakdown of the new rules:

April 1st Rollout:

Beginning April 1st, individuals will be permitted to carry up to 25 grams of dried cannabis for personal use, equivalent to approximately 80 joints. Additionally, home cultivation will be sanctioned, with a maximum of three plants per adult and possession of up to 50 grams of dried cannabis.

However, smoking within a 100-meter radius of schools, kindergartens, playgrounds, and public sports facilities will remain prohibited. Smoking will also be banned in pedestrian zones between 7:00 am and 8:00 pm.

Introduction of “Cannabis Clubs”:

From July 1st, Germany plans to establish regulated cannabis cultivation associations, commonly known as “cannabis clubs.” These clubs will accommodate up to 500 members each, with the ability to sell a maximum of 50 grams of dried cannabis per month to individual members.

Restrictions and Limits:

Individuals under 21 years of age will face restrictions, with a monthly limit of 30 grams of cannabis containing no more than 10 percent THC. Consumption and meetings at cannabis clubs will not be permitted, and membership will be restricted to one club at a time.

No Access for Tourists:

Obtaining cannabis legally will be restricted to residents who have lived in Germany for at least six months. This measure aims to deter “drug tourism” and addresses concerns from opposition parties.

Further Plans and Criticism:

While the new law aims to address health risks associated with contaminated substances on the black market, it has faced criticism from medical associations, health groups, and regional authorities. Plans for a second law are in progress to trial the sale of cannabis in shops or pharmacies in specific regions.

Opposition leader Friedrich Merz has voiced intentions to repeal the law if his party assumes power after the 2025 elections, citing concerns and potential bureaucratic burdens associated with its implementation.