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2024-04-02

Berlin was celebrating cannabis law change

Berlin was celebrating cannabis law change

In the heart of Berlin history was made as hundreds gathered to celebrate the legalisation of cannabis. On the eve of Easter Monday, the air was thick with anticipation and, quite literally, with the scent of cannabis as activists and enthusiasts alike came together to mark a significant milestone in Germany’s social and legal landscape.

German Hemp Association and Brandenburg Gate

Organised by the Berlin chapter of the German Hemp Association (Deutscher Hanfverband), the gathering drew approximately 1,500 individuals, all eager to partake in the festivities. As the clock struck midnight, clouds of smoke billowed around the Brandenburg Gate, enveloping the historic monument in a haze of celebration. Henry Plottke, a member of the local DHV chapter, described the scene as “magical,” emphasising the relief felt by many at the prospect of consuming cannabis openly without fear of legal repercussions. For Plottke and countless others, the event symbolised more than just a night of revelry—it represented a long-awaited shift in attitudes towards cannabis consumption. As the clock approached 12:40 a.m., the gathering came to a close, leaving behind a lingering sense of excitement and newfound freedom.

Warsaw Bridge, CSCD and Hemp Museum

Meanwhile, on the bustling Warsaw Bridge, another celebration was underway. Activists from the Hemp Museum and the Confederation of German Cannabis Social Clubs (CSCD) gathered to light what they proudly dubbed “the first legal joint.” Steffen Geyer, director of the museum, hailed the legalisation as the realisation of a “long-standing dream,” a sentiment echoed by many in attendance. As the night progressed, cheers erupted as a colossal joint was ignited and passed among the jubilant crowd.

New cannabis law

Yet, amidst the euphoria, it’s important to note that the legalisation comes with certain restrictions. While individuals over the age of 18 can now possess up to 25 grams of cannabis and cultivate up to three plants for personal use, there are relevant areas where consumption remains illegal. Smoking within 100 metres of youth facilities or in the presence of minors is strictly forbidden, and establishments reserve the right to enforce their own policies regarding cannabis use on their premises. As of April 1st, 2024, the cultivation and possession of certain quantities of the drug is available for adults. Furthermore, as of July 1st, clubs for collective cultivation will be available.

Despite these limitations, the mood in Berlin remains overwhelmingly positive, with many eager to explore the newfound freedoms afforded by the legalisation. As the sun rose on Easter Monday, the celebrations continued, with numerous events planned throughout the day to commemorate this historic moment.

While the sale of cannabis remains prohibited outside of regulated channels, the legalisation represents a significant step forward in Germany’s approach to drug policy, signalling a shift towards a more progressive and inclusive society. As Berliners embrace this change with open arms, it’s clear that the journey towards cannabis legalisation is not just about legality—it’s about acceptance, freedom, and the power of community to effect meaningful change.

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