New German government to legalize cannabis
The agreement between Germany’s Social Democrats, Free Democrats and the Greens includes provisions for decriminalizing marijuana consumption. It was confirmed on Wednesday by German news, who obtained the text of the document.
Reports say that the government will set up a system of “controlled distribution of cannabis to adults” for recreational consumption through licenced shops.
“The coalition wants to impose strict control of the product to ensure its quality and ‘protection of minors,’” the agreement says.
The plan to ‘traffic light coalition’ to legalize recreational cannabis was leaked last week to German media by sources in all three parties. Medicinal marijuana has been legal in the EU since 2017.
The final round of the three-way coalition talks were held in Berlin. Social Democrat Olaf Scholz is set to take the chancellor’s seat, replacing veteran German leader Angela Merkel, who did not seek reelection.
Merkel’s conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and allies from the Christian Social Union in Bavaria (CSU) showed a poor performance in the September general election, while Scholz’s party scored major gains. The center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) preferred to ally itself with left-wing Greens and Free Democrats (FDP) rather than seek a new, so-called ‘Grand Coalition’ with Christian Democrats.
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