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Germany Has Legalized the Possession and Cultivation of Cannabis

The legalization of cannabis in Germany opens new perspectives for responsible consumption, market regulation and protection of society, especially its younger members. By introducing clear rules and regulations, Germany is committed to a conscious and safe approach to cannabis use, with the hope of reducing drug-related crime and improving the quality of life of its citizens.




The German parliament decided to legalize the possession and cultivation of cannabis for personal use, opening a new chapter in the country’s history. The Bundestag decided to legalize the possession of 25g of cannabis for personal use, the cultivation of three cannabis plants at home and the launch of social cannabis clubs.

407 MPs voted for the adoption of the act , 226 voted against the introduction of the act. Out of 637 votes cast, 4 people abstained.

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Legalization in Germany: What you need to know

The legalization of cannabis in Germany is not a new topic, but the new law approved by the Bundestag introduces new rules that are aimed not only at removing taboos related to consumption, but also at fighting the black market and the accompanying crime. Here are the key points of the new law:

  1. Availability and cannabis clubs
    Adults in Germany will gain legal access to cannabis, able to purchase up to 25 grams a day through non-commercial cannabis clubs. Production will be available in licensed non-profit clubs from July 1. These clubs, with a maximum number of 500 members, will become places where adult residents will be able to purchase cannabis, with a limit of 50 grams per month per member.
  2. Growing cannabis for personal use
    The new regulations allow individuals to grow up to three plants per household. You will be allowed to have up to 50g of home-grown cannabis at home.
  3. Youth protection and restrictions
    To protect young people, the new law maintains the prohibition on the possession and consumption of cannabis by minors. Additionally, regulations have been introduced for young adults aged 18 to 21, who will be able to purchase cannabis in cannabis clubs with a THC content limit of 10%. To further protect children, the consumption of cannabis will be prohibited at a distance of at least 100 meters from schools and educational institutions.
  4. Cannabis possession and regulations
    Under the new rules, German residents will be able to legally possess up to 25 grams of cannabis in public spaces. Possession of an amount of 25 to 30 grams will be classified as an administrative offense, and it will be possible to possess up to 50 grams at home. Such regulations aim to enable the use of cannabis while maintaining public order and safety.
  5. Product safety and increased penalties
    The key element of the new policy is to ensure product safety by eliminating toxic additives in the products sold. The push for safe consumption is supported by tougher penalties for those selling cannabis to minors, with minimum prison sentences of two years.

Prospects and optimism

The legalization of cannabis in Germany is causing optimism not only among supporters of personal freedom, but also among public safety and health experts. Here are some optimistic prospects from the new law:

Reducing crime: Access to legal cannabis will reduce demand on the black market, which in turn could lead to a decline in drug-related crime.

Consumer safety: Regulation will ensure consumers have access to safe and controlled products, eliminating the risks associated with unsafe additives. Hemp clubs and your own cultivation provide greater confidence in the quality of products.

Public Enthusiasm: Legalization could help shift public perceptions of cannabis, from stigmatization to acceptance as a substance of limited risk for adults.

Consumer Protection: Through government regulations, consumers will be protected against unfair practices and unsafe products from the black market.

Experts opinions on the legalization of cannabis in Germany

Before the vote, Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) defended his plan to legalize the possession and cultivation of cannabis and called for the bill’s approval.

“ We have a thriving black market, we have accompanying crime, we have dangerous additives to products, toxic concentrations and we have a lot of drug crime ,” Lauterbach said on Friday in an interview with NDR Info. “With legalization, we are taking cannabis out of the taboo zone.”

“The legalization of cannabis was adopted in the Bundestag by a majority of 407 to 226. A good day for our failed drug policy,” wrote Health Minister Karl Lauterbach on the X website.

Federal Minister of the Interior Nancy Faeser (SPD) also sees benefits above all in the plans. “I take these concerns seriously. That is why we have included a number of safeguards in the draft bill of the Ministry of Health that strengthen the safety and protection of minors,” Faeser told Bayern’s media group on Friday. “We can no longer accept the current situation.” Prosecuting cannabis crimes currently involves too many forces that are lacking elsewhere.

“With cannabis clubs and cultivation for personal use, the demand on the black market will drop dramatically,” Federal Government Commissioner for Drugs Burkhard Blienert (SPD) told the Editorial Network Germany (RND). “I am convinced that anyone who will be able to grow hemp on their own will no longer buy dangerous mixtures from black market dealers,” he added. “Bans do not help fight pot smoking, and the current criminalization of people has nothing to do with health care.”


Once approved by the Bundestag, the bill must now be submitted to the Bundesrat on March 22nd, but does not require approval. In principle, the State Chamber could establish a joint mediation commission with the Bundestag and thus slow down the plans. Lauterbach said: “If problems arise in the Federal Council, we will also be able to solve them.”

The legalization in Germany opens new perspectives for responsible consumption, market regulation and protection of society, especially its younger members. By introducing clear rules and regulations, Germany is committed to a conscious and safe approach to cannabis use, with the hope of reducing drug-related crime and improving the quality of life of its citizens.


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Arturo Garcia started out as a political writer for a local newspaper in Peru, before covering big-league sports for national broadsheets. Eventually he began writing about innovative tech and business trends, which let him travel all over North and South America. Currently he is exploring the world of Bitcoin and cannabis, two hot commodities which he believes are poised to change history.