The German government is working to build a law allowing the use of recreational cannabis before the end of 2022, under the command of Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
This debate began at the end of 2021, when the Social Democrats, Greens and Liberals signed the coalition pact in Germany. Page 68 of its governing coalition contract stipulates that “we incorporate the controlled distribution of cannabis to adults for recreational purposes in licensed stores.”
The argument of those who promote legalization is that both under 22-year-old people and the regular users are protected, ensuring a standard of quality in the final product; and in turn weakening the black market that controls the cannabis sales today.
“If it’s about preventing people from going on to use more addictive drugs, legalization would be the best option,” Karl Lauterbach, a health expert at the SPD, said in an interview with DW.
It is also proposed that after four years of the implementation of the new law, an evaluation of the benefits or negative effects of this decision be made. This gives space to the debate regarding repercussions in the social and economic spheres, the health and security of the country according to the recreational use of cannabis.
Currently, in Germany, medicinal use is allowed. Possession at doses between 6 and 15 grams (depends on the state) is not penalized by law; however, the sale and distribution of products with a concentration greater than 0.2% THC is prohibited and punishable by law.