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Law enforcement concerns about cannabis legalisation in Germany

Law enforcement concerns surrounding cannabis legalisation in Germany

Law enforcement organizations in Germany are becoming concerned about the possibility of legalizing cannabis. The country’s interior ministers have significant concerns about the planned Cannabis Act (CanG), as revealed by recent disclosures concerning a purported BMI (Bundesministerium des Innern) study that was arranged by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA). This article explores the specifics of the issues brought up, how they affect law enforcement, and the current political discussion around the legalization of marijuana.

Concerns for law enforcement

The Interior Ministers’ Conference (IMK) brought together interior ministers from several German states in June 2023 to talk on the “Consequences of Cannabis Legalization for Recreational Use.” The ministers reached a consensus during these discussions that differed from the expectations related to the CanG that are presently being discussed in the Bundestag. The idea that legalizing cannabis would ease the burden of prosecution on law enforcement was one of the main points of debate.

The interior ministers ordered a confidential report, handled by the BKA, to address these issues and list the possible difficulties. The paper, which has been accessible since December, states that law enforcement and regulatory organizations may have to deal with more work and costs, especially when it comes to people and resources, which are currently hard to measure precisely.

Opposition to the legalization of cannabis

The coordinated report by BKA highlights various elements that were disregarded by the federal government during the creation of the CanG. Interior ministers warn against possible effects on the fight against organized crime and emphasize the necessity of a persistent effort in the fight against offenses related to cannabis in order to guarantee the efficient suppression of organized crime for the foreseeable future. The report specifically criticizes the Federal Ministry of Health’s estimate of fulfillment expenses for failing to take these issues into account.

According to the report, the level of acceptance of non-commercial collective cultivation of recreational cannabis and the severity of police controls, such as monitoring prohibitions on consumption and conducting traffic checks linked to cannabis influence, will have a substantial impact on the additional expenses that law enforcement will face.

Legislative uncertainty

The BKA research also draws attention to the lack of clarity in the proposed legislation, especially with regard to the restricted handling of cannabis products intended for recreational use. A number of factors are unclear, which could make it necessary for states to go through lengthy coordination processes in order to create consistent procedural norms. This would make the implementation of the CanG more complicated.

The BMI emphasized in response to the material breach that the study is a synthesis of positions from different states rather than an official ministry document. The BMI emphasizes its commitment to resolving security and youth protection issues during the legislative process while acknowledging the states’ concerns.

Political discussion and possible hold-ups

Though certain interior ministries have expressed worry, the cannabis movement is growing increasingly worried about potential delays in the legalization process. The Bundestag’s adoption of the CanG has already significantly delayed. Opposition from a number of SPD (Social Democratic Party) members caused it to happen. The FDP, or Free Democratic Party, has voiced its displeasure with the internal discussions occurring inside the SPD. Additionally, FDP asked that the CanG be approved as quickly as feasible. It states that a comprehensive and well-written strategy has been out for review for a while.

The debates surrounding the legalization of cannabis in Germany are a reflection of the intricate interactions between political dynamics, legislative ambiguities, and law enforcement concerns. The Cannabis Act’s future is still up in the air as the nation works through these issues, as proponents and opponents continue to shape the conversation on how to move forward.


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