By / August 10, 2023

Cannabis Legalization Could Save Germany Over a Billion Euros

The planned legalization of cannabis in Germany could result in savings amounting to billions of euros in crime enforcement. This stems from a new legislative proposal, which could significantly alleviate the burdens on law enforcement, courts, and prisons.

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The Economic Benefits for Germany

The German Ministry of Health estimates annual savings at over a billion euros. The proposal outlines 800 million euros in savings from relieving law enforcement, 220 million euros from unburdening the courts, and 35 million saved by not incarcerating consumers in penal institutions.

Cultivation and Distribution in “Cannabis Clubs”

Free sale of cannabis in stores will not be permitted. However, possession up to 25 grams and cultivation of a maximum of three plants for personal use for individuals over 18 will be allowed in Germany. “Cannabis clubs” will be able to grow and distribute cannabis for adults, adhering to strict rules.

Consumption within these clubs and within a 200-meter radius will not be allowed. The areas where cannabis is stored and grown must be secured, including break-in-resistant doors and windows.

Additional Regulations for Germany

Those in charge of addiction prevention in cannabis clubs will need to ensure compliance with limits on plant protection measures and residues in the final product.

Club members in Germany can receive up to 50 grams of cannabis monthly in “neutral packaging” designed to not encourage consumption among youth.

Cannabis consumption will be allowed in public spaces in Germany, so long as it is at a distance of at least 200 meters from schools, kindergartens, playgrounds, or sports fields. In pedestrian zones, consumption is set to be banned between 7 am and 8 pm.

Proponents Hope for Legalization in Germany This Year

The final draft of the law is expected to reach the German government by mid-August. Following that, the Bundestag and Bundesrat will vote on its enactment.

States opposed to legalization in Germany, such as Bavaria, will not be able to block the proposal. Proponents of legalization in the Ampel coalition hope it can be introduced by the end of 2023.

With these measures, Germany may join the growing number of countries that have opted for cannabis legalization, seeing in it not just harm reduction but also a new revenue source and a way to unburden the judiciary and law enforcement.

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