Germany moves to legalise cannabis in an economy-boosting bid after Merkel exit.

Liz Filmer
21 Nov 2021

Reports indicate that Germanys new political party coalition government are pushing to legalise the sale and recreational consumption of cannabis

According to the working group tasked with assessing the policy change, the idea is to introduce the controlled distribution of recreational cannabis to adults through authorised dispensaries. The policy will be re-evaluated after four years to assess its social impact.

The Institute for Competition Economics at Dusseldorf Heinrich Heine University discovered that a regulated German cannabis market could bring in around 3.4 billion euros in tax revenue and save the legal system around 1.3 billion euros every year. Cannabis legalisation is also thought to have the potential to create around 27,000 jobs, a significant boost for the largest economy in Europe

The new policy has been brought to the table by the German chancellor-in-waiting, Olaf Scholz and his centre-left Social Democrats negotiating with the Greens and the libertarian Free Democrats.
The Greens and the Free Democratic Party are long time advocates and supporters of a legalised cannabis market regulated by the state.
It's easy to see why it's an attractive proposition when projections have suggested that a cannabis cultivation market in Europe would raise over 3 billion euros in revenue every year by 2025.

Germany already had some experience of legalising cannabis when
the ruling government decriminalised medicinal use in 2017. If recreational legalisation goes ahead, it will make Germany, with its population of 83 million, one of the worlds largest legal cannabis 

Germany looks to be following in the footsteps of Luxembourg, which last month became the first EU country to legalise both the recreational use and growing of cannabis. Under the new rules, adults in Luxembourg will be allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants at home in a move that many hope will set a European precedent.

Luxembourg's Justice Minister Sam Tanson explained the motive behind the regulation change. "We have an issue with drugs, and cannabis is the most used drug, and a large part of the illegal market."
The idea of allowing people to grow cannabis at home is to break down the illegal supply chain and the issues and problems that it causes.

"We want to do everything we can to get more and more away from the illegal black market." It looks like Germany is thinking the same, and hopefully, more countries will not be far behind.

Liz Filmer