Although the sale and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes has long been tolerated in the Netherlands under controlled conditions, other European countries have been slow to follow suit.
Germany’s future coalition of the Social Democrats (SPD), Green party, and Free Democrats (FDP), have signalled that they are seriously considering legalizing the possession of cannabis.
Party officials have stressed, however, that tight regulation and protecting children was paramount moving forward.
According to their report on the subject, the new law would call for a major evaluation four years on to assess its implementation and effects.
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The country’s next coalition government plans to keep cannabis tightly regulated, party representatives said. Recreational use of cannabis is only legal in two other EU countries.
Representatives from the parties told the Essen-based Funke media group on Thursday that they were working on suggestions for “introducing the controlled distribution of cannabis to adults for recreational purposes in licensed shops.”
The Green party and business-focused FDP have called for controlled legalization of cannabis for years, as police and the criminal justice services find themselves buried beneath an avalanche of ultimately petty cases.
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Not to forget the perils of the black market and the uncontrolled products that are sold there.
Last month, Luxembourg became only the second EU country to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. It also became the first to legalize growing the plant for non-medical purposes, which remains illegal in the Netherlands.
A Munich court has ruled that anyone with a prescription for medicinal marijuana must give up the right to own firearms. The judge ruled that anyone owning guns must be in a condition to handle them cautiously. (31.01.2018)
Three little words have eased prohibition of cannabis considerably since the early 1990s: “a small amount.” As in, a person in possession of only “a small amount” of a drug, according to Paragraph 31 of the 1992 reform of the Narcotics Law can avoid prosecution.
However, federal law does not define what that small amount is. The Supreme Court set the limit at 7.5 g of the mind-altering ingredient in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). But, ultimately, the states have the final say. While most allow for possession of up to 6 grams (0.2 ounces), some, like North-Rhine Westphalia allow for up to 10 grams. Berlin, a city-state, shows flexibility for up to 15 grams.
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Germany’s Narcotics Act classifies cannabis as an Appendix III drug: neither too dangerous to market, nor too dangerous to prescribe. LSD and heroin fall, by contrast, under Appendix I — not to be distributed for any reason, while Appendix II narcotics, such as cocaine, may not be prescribed.
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The punishment for drug possession or selling drugs varies depending on the circumstances and can range from a fine of up to €25,000 ($30,000) to two years in prison for offenders over the age of 21.
Mother Nature’s drug lab
Author: Brigitte Osterath
The tobacco plant produces poisonous and addictive chemicals, such as nicotine and other alkaloids, and harbours them inside its leaves. With this poisonous cocktail, the plant tries to ward off animals that might want to eat it. When the leaves are dried and smoked, the chemicals enter the human body – together with many cancerous substances generated by burning tabacco.