Bottom up! Germany legalizes cannabis. Here's the insider's guide

Move over, Oktoberfest!

On February 23, the German Parliament voted to legalize both cannabis possession and lounges for social consumption. Once the Bundesrat passes the law, Germany will become the largest country in Europe to legalize cannabis.

Germany's new policy is complex and full of nuances and caveats. Any questions? We have answers.

Leafly Editor-in-Chief David Downs was live on IG today with Alex Rogers, Owner and CEO of the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC), to get the inside scoop. Listen/watch the conversation below to learn about the rollout timeline, possession limits, why Rogers believes social clubs are the “most controversial aspect” of the program and more.

Looking for the TL;DR version? Here are some highlights from Germany's legalization plan.

  • Decriminalization will quickly come into effect on April 1st. Adults will then be legally allowed to carry up to 25 grams of cannabis (that's just over 3/4 ounce) in public. They can also legally possess up to 50 grams of it at home.
  • Homegrow is here! Starting April 1, adults can grow up to three plants at home. To be clear: This is the limit per adult, not per household.
  • Germany will try a social club model. These clubs will be able to grow and sell marijuana.
  • Rogers expects legalization will also be a boon for the country's medical marijuana industry. He believes it could grow by 400% in the next two years.

Next month we'll hear more from the ground in Barcelona, ​​Spain during the ICBC event on March 14th. Rogers is bringing ICBC to Berlin from April 16th to 17th.

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