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Berlin introduces regulation for cultivation associations

Berlin introduces regulation for cultivation associations

Starting from July 1st, those wishing to establish an cultivation association in Berlin can submit their applications to the State Office for Occupational Safety, Consumer Protection, and Health (LAVG). The cabinet decided on Tuesday in Berlin that this authority will be responsible for implementing the Urban Agriculture Act. The LAVG will also supervise these associations in the future.

Background of the cannabis changes in Brandenburg

Since April 1st, adults have been allowed to own and cultivate limited amounts of produce for personal use. According to the law, so-called Urban Agriculture Social Clubs may form associations from July 1st. They collectively grow cannabis and distribute them among club members.

The LAVG ensures that the associations across the state are approved and monitored according to uniform standards, as reported by the Ministry of Health. “This also alleviates the burden on municipalities,” a spokesperson from the ministry stated. However, due to lack of experience, it is unclear how many applications to expect, the ministry further stated. The regulation aims to streamline the process and ensure consistency in the establishment and operation of these associations.

The Urban Agriculture Associations of Germany recently criticized the lack of planning security for the clubs. Many federal states had not designated a responsible authority just weeks before the start, causing uncertainty among potential applicants. “It’s crucial that we have clear guidelines and responsible bodies in place to support this initiative,” said association spokesperson Anna Müller. The Ministry of Health in Berlin announced that the regulation of responsibilities is expected to come into force by the end of June.

In Lower Saxony, for example, the Chamber of Agriculture is responsible for the urban agriculture associations. Müller added:

“Different states are taking varied approaches, which can be confusing for those interested in starting an association.”

Urban agriculture is becoming increasingly popular as a strategy for fostering community engagement and sustainability, despite the obstacles it meets.

New criterias in Berlin

Additionally, the new regulation in Berlin specifies the criteria that agriculture associations must satisfy. These cover environmental considerations, safety standards, and guidelines for the cultivation of appropriate commodities to guarantee their safety for human consumption. In order to guarantee that these standards are adhered to, the LAVG will implement routine inspections. The Ministry of Health underscored the importance of responsible and secure urban farming.

Furthermore, educational seminars and resources will be available to assist new associations in their initial stages. A representative from the LAVG stated:

“Our objective is to assist these communities in the establishment of sustainable and prosperous urban farms.”

The city anticipates that these initiatives will not only promote a sense of community and shared responsibility, but also supply fresh produce to urban areas.

The regulation’s implementation represents an important step in the advancement of urban agriculture in Berlin. Berlin endeavors to be at the forefront of this movement, establishing an example for sustainable urban living, as more cities worldwide implement comparable measures. The success of the new regulation and its impact on the community will be visible in the months ahead.


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