Lower Saxony’s Minister of Agriculture Miriam Staudte believes it is possible to grow cannabis in Germany in empty sheds. “This could be an opportunity for companies to rent real estate”, the minister said on Tuesday. But why does the Ministry recommend to utilise sheds for cannabis growing? How can it help?
Why does the minister suggest to grow cannabis in German sheds?
Due to the consequences of the corona pandemic and African swine fever, many pig farmers have gone out of business. Not all farmers have managed to change the direction of their activities, and many of them operate on the verge of profitability. For this reason, Staudte suggests renting empty halls in Germany to so-called Cannabis Social Clubs, which could grow cannabis there.
Under current German government plans, up to 500 members over the age of 18 should be allowed to grow and consume cannabis together in these clubs. In addition, the sale of the drug through licensed stores is to be tested in model regions. According to the minister, stables could also be used in this context. Halls also have the advantage of being easy to monitor and easier to check quality standards.
“We see this proposal as an opportunity for several farmers to transform their farms“, said Ulrich Löhr, vice president of the Lower Saxony Farmers’ Association.
Of course, this type of building should be properly prepared. Cultivation requires inspection and licensing. However, according to the minister, this is an opportunity for people whose farms suffered during the coronavirus and ASF pandemic. The voice of people has not yet been shared with the audience. It is now hard to estimate how the idea to grow cannabis will be seen by farmers in Germany. However, it is important to note, that the Ministry shows existing opportunities.