Summary: Germany has published the first draft law for the legalization of cannabis for recreational use. The law will govern private and communal marijuana cultivation. The bill is expected to reach the federal Cabinet for approval in mid-August and is expected to be enacted before the end of this year. The law includes a limit on home cultivation to three cannabis plants per adult and a limit on legal cannabis possession to 25 grams per adult. A second law will be introduced concerning the regional pilot projects.
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First Draft Law for Recreational Cannabis Published in Germany
Germany has taken a significant stride towards the legalization of cannabis for recreational use. The government has unveiled the first draft law that will oversee private and communal marijuana cultivation. This law forms the legal groundwork for private cultivation and not-for-profit “cultivation associations,” where members can collectively grow cannabis and share a limited quantity within the group for personal use.
The bill is slated to reach the federal Cabinet for approval in mid-August, after which it will be examined in both the German Bundestag and the Bundesrat sometime this autumn. However, the final decision on the law rests with the Bundestag, and Bundesrat approval is not mandatory. The law is anticipated to be enacted before the end of this year.
Germany asserts that the primary objective of ending cannabis prohibition is to enhance public health, not for economic or financial reasons. The draft law includes a limit on home cultivation to three cannabis plants per adult and a limit on legal cannabis possession to 25 grams per adult. Cultivation association members will be limited to 25 grams of cannabis per day or 50 grams per month. People up to age 21 are limited to a maximum of 30 grams per month with a limited THC content of 10%. There will also be a general advertising and sponsorship ban for cannabis and growers associations.
A second law will be introduced concerning the regional pilot projects, which Germany refers to as the second pillar of legalization. The second draft law is expected to be coordinated with the European Commission and European Union-member states.[Source: MJBizDaily]
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