Germany on the right path to legalize cannabis
Germany, unlike most European countries, has set a clear path for cannabis legalization. Most of the European countries have been very conservative in this matter. However there is Germany, with strict plans, goals and deadlines to meet, in order to introduce revolutionary legislation. Germany’s priorities for legalizing cannabis seem to focus on people’s safety and country’s responsibility.
“Cannabis use is no small thing for young people, especially children, and can destroy lives before they really start,” said German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach. However, he acknowledges that access “has to be accepted and is part of modern society.”
Main objctives in German cannabis legalization path
This includes setting restrictions on age and sales conditions. We can also expect the measures to prevent driving under the influence of cannabis. The minimum age limit for sales and purchases will be 18 years. Due to the knowledge of the increased risk of brain damage associated with cannabis, the setting of an upper THC limit for the supply of cannabis to adults under 21 years of age is still under consideration. In addition, the government plans to invest in education and prevention programs to inform people about the potential risks and benefits of cannabis use. Now the justification for the proposed legislation is the protection of young people. These are already buying the drug in black markets and use it in increasing numbers.
What is more, relevant production criteria are still being developed. It will be important that the cultivation method provides adequate quality control. Addressing the illicit cultivation and distribution of cannabis is another key priority. This is currently a serious problem in Germany and fuels organized crime. By legalizing marijuana and regulating its production and distribution, the government hopes to limit the influence of criminal organizations and ensure that the drug is of high quality and free of impurities.
What are the supposed limitations?
We can also expect, that cannabis legalization path include a ban on the advertising of cannabis for human consumption. This applies to packaging design as well. Marijuana for people will only be available in neutral packaging with no additional design. Moreover, we can expect prohibition of suggesting purchases by stores in an external presentation or on the Internet. Law will allow only factual information, e.g. about the place of sale.
“It would be the most liberal cannabis liberalization in Europe on the one hand, and it would also be the most tightly regulated market on the other,” Lauterbach said, adding that the reform could be a “model” for Europe.
So, as we might expect, there is a lot of work when it comes to considering and implementing all aspects. However, Germany can be a model for any other European country that wants to think about legalization in the future.