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Germany: 51% of Regular Cannabis Consumer Plan to Grow Cannabis at Home

Germany’s cannabis legalization and the introduction of cannabis clubs mark major policy shifts. Since April 2024, adults can legally grow and possess cannabis. Studies show 44% of regular users plan to join clubs. Legal changes impact home cultivation and the medical market, with expected growth despite reduced imports. These changes significantly influence consumer habits and medical cannabis use.




The legalization of cannabis in Germany and the introduction of cannabis clubs are significant steps towards liberalizing drug policy in Europe.

As of April 2024, German adults can legally grow and possess cannabis in limited quantities. Recent studies, including the Pronova BKK survey, provide valuable data on consumption habits and plans to participate in cannabis clubs.

Pronova Bkk Survey results

The Pronova BKK survey was conducted in May 2024 among a representative sample of 1,000 German adults. The survey aimed to understand cannabis consumption habits and plans for cannabis clubs.

Key stats:

Regular Consumers: 44% of regular cannabis users plan to join a cannabis club.
Occasional consumers: 27% of occasional users expressed interest in joining the club.
Cannabis consumption among Germans: More than a quarter of Germans consume cannabis at least occasionally, and one tenth do so regularly on a weekly basis.
Consumption patterns among younger generations: Generation Z and those under the age of 45 show higher levels of cannabis consumption.

The impact of legalization on cannabis consumption

The survey found that for a third of consumers, legalisation had no significant impact on their habits. However, among younger respondents, one in ten have increased their cannabis use since the new regulations were introduced.

Considerations for Growing Cannabis at Home:

51% of regular consumers plan to grow cannabis at home.
40% of occasional users also express interest in home growing.

YouGov poll results

The YouGov poll, conducted in May 2024 among 3,375 German adults, concerned the purchase of cannabis seeds and clones.

Key data:

7% of German adults have already purchased cannabis seeds or clones.
11% plan to purchase seeds or clones in the future.
The popularity of home cultivation is growing, which is a direct result of the introduction of new legal regulations allowing the cultivation of up to three cannabis plants in private homes.

The introduction of cannabis clubs and changes in cannabis legislation are influencing consumer behaviour in Germany.

Changes in legislation and their impact

Since April 1st, 2024, new cannabis regulations have been in force in Germany, which have introduced significant changes:

Growing up to three plants in private homes: German adults can now legally grow up to three cannabis plants in their private homes.

Possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis outside your home: It is also legal to possess up to 25 grams of cannabis outside your home.

One of the most important legal changes was the removal of cannabis from the list of narcotics, which had a direct impact on the medical industry:

Easier prescribing of cannabis for doctors: Doctors now have simplified access to prescribing cannabis, making this therapy more accessible to patients.

Reduced Supply Chain Obstacles: The removal of cannabis from the narcotics list has reduced bureaucratic barriers in the supply chain for medical cannabis products, making their distribution faster and easier.

Medical cannabis market in Germany

Germany is currently the largest medical cannabis market in Europe. The country has seen significant growth in imports of medical cannabis products.

Germany as the largest medical cannabis market in Europe: Germany dominates the European medical cannabis market thanks to its liberal regulations and the growing number of patients using this form of therapy.

Medical cannabis import data for 2023: In 2023, Germany imported 31,398 kilograms of medical cannabis , an increase of 26.2% compared to 2022.

The introduction of new regulations in 2024 will likely impact the medical cannabis market:

Expected Reduction in Imports in 2024: Due to the possibility of home cultivation and the removal of domestic production quotas, imports of medical cannabis products are expected to significantly decrease in 2024.


The legalization of cannabis and the introduction of cannabis clubs in Germany have led to significant changes in consumer habits and the medical market. Studies such as Pronova BKK and YouGov provide valuable data on these changes.

Looking forward, cannabis clubs have the potential to become an important part of the cannabis community in Germany. The medical cannabis market is also expected to continue to grow, despite the expected decline in imports.

Regular research and surveys are key to monitoring changes in cannabis consumption and assessing the impact of new regulations on the market. They help us understand consumer trends and needs, which is essential for further developing market policies and strategies.


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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.