Questions and Answers on Cannabis Legalization

The German government is embracing a more controlled approach to cannabis with the “Law on Controlled Cannabis Use and Amendment of Other Regulations.” This law aims to address existing limitations in drug policy and provide answers to key questions about cannabis legalization.

Key Highlights:

  • The law permits private cultivation of limited cannabis quantities by adults for personal use.
  • Licensed stores for cannabis distribution will be established in a regulated model project.
  • Children and youth protection is a central focus of the law.
  • The decision comes in response to rising cannabis consumption, particularly among young people.
  • The law seeks to ensure cannabis quality control, curb the illegal cannabis market, and enhance health protection.
  • Advertising and sponsorship for cannabis consumption will be prohibited.
  • Possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis will no longer be punishable.
  • Cannabis education and prevention efforts will be expanded.
  • Societal impacts of the law will be evaluated after two and four years.
  • The law is set to take effect in early 2024.

This shift represents a significant change in German drug policy, aimed at striking a balance between individual freedoms and public health concerns.