Germany Set To Legalize Marijuana Nationwide After Major Parties Reach Agreement

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Party leaders in Germany’s incoming government coalition have reached an agreement to legalize marijuana nationwide. The legalization legislation is expected to be introduced during the upcoming legislative session. It will also provide broader drug harm reduction services and restrict advertising of tobacco and alcohol, along with cannabis. As it stands, personal possession of marijuana is decriminalized in Germany, and there is a medical cannabis program in place. But this forthcoming proposal would seek to establish a regulated market for adult-use marijuana. Der Konsum von Marihuana ist in Deutschland erlaubt. Besitz und Verkauf gelten jedoch bislang als Straftaten. Das soll sich mit der #Ampelkoalition ändern – doch nicht jeder wird den Stoff verkaufen dürfen. — DER SPIEGEL (@derspiegel) November 18, 2021 The governing coalition—comprised of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Greens—said that it will be “introducing the controlled distribution of cannabis to adults for recreational purposes in licensed shops,” according to a translation of a multi-party working group report first noted by Funke Media and circulated by Der Spiegel. The so-called “traffic light coalition” is making the case that regulating marijuana sales will help drive out the illicit market. That will be revisited four years post-implementation, when a review of the social impact of the reform will be required. And while the lawmakers emphasized that the objective of the reform is not to boost tax revenue for the country, FDP said in its election manifesto that taxing cannabis like cigarettes could generate €1 billion annually. »Wir führen die kontrollierte Abgabe von #Cannabis an Erwachsene zu Genusszwecken in lizenzierten Geschäften ein.« #Ampel #LegalizeIt — Martin Hagen (@_MartinHagen) November 18, 2021 The new report, which was agreed to by the coalition’s working group on health and care, also discusses how the legislation would…

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