The legalization of recreational cannabis in conflict to the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961

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Peter Homberg   Peter Homberg is a partner in the Dentons Berlin office. He focuses on life sciences, IP, corporate law and M&A transactions in the life sciences and high-tech sector as well as in R&D and cooperation agreements, cross-border IP licensing and IP strategies. Furthermore, he has extensive experience providing legal advice on compliance issues. Additionally, he is the head of the European Cannabis sector group. Peter advises inter alia companies in the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, biotechnology, medical device and medical cannabis industries—from startups to large publicly listed companies. Furthermore, he has broad transactional experience in Southeast Asia. Peter is member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES), the German Association for Intellectual Property and Copyright (GRUR), the German Institution for Arbitration (DIS) as well as the Pharma-Lizenz-Club Deutschland e.V. He regularly holds lectures at seminars and conferences. He is the author of numerous professional articles and other publications regarding corporate or IP law in the field of life sciences.      On 7 December 2021, the new German government coalition, a progressive combination of the Social Democrats (“SPD”), the Liberals (“FDP”) and the Greens (“die Grünen”, in Bundestag: “Bündnis 90/Die Grünen”), has signed a historical coalition treaty. One of the objectives: The legalization of cannabis for recreational use. The topic has since been the center of debate and media coverage, with talks of an additional EUR 4.7 billion in revenue and savings each year, an increase in tourism and an improvement in crime and drug prevention. However, the planned legalization faces significant legal hurdles. Germany, as most other countries globally, is party to the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs 1961. By signing the treaty, the member states of the Convention are explicitly obliged to prohibit, among others, the cultivation and trade of cannabis outside of medical or scientific purposes.…

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