Germany’s Legalization Plans – Cannabis | weed | marijuana
What legalization plans does Germany have? Despite the obstacles ahead, are they still planning to legalize cannabis?
There is uncertainty surrounding natural gas supplies and regulations from European member states that ban imports of recreational cannabis.
Nonetheless, Germany is committed to its legalization plans. He even went as far as California to meet with industry leaders and pharmacy owners.
Germany’s legalization plans informed by California?
The German Health Committee visited Oakland last week to discuss “best practices” as part of Germany’s legalization plans.
Among the participants was Germany’s Federal Drug Czar Burkhard Blienert.
Tweets from the event include German officials examining “products from pharmacies with equity licenses” and indicating the direction Germany will take.
With “public health” talk, Germany’s legalization plans are likely to mirror Canada’s strict top-down regime. Instead of the organic, bottom-up approach that made Cali Weed a household name.
But just as Canada is actively undermining its bud community in BC, so is California over-regulating its legacy market.
Misunderstandings with Tilray
Earlier this month, German officials met with Canadian cannabis company Tilray. In a press release, Tilray said the meeting is part of an ongoing process to prepare for recreational sales in Germany.
A spokesman for the federal government disagreed. They said it was a “one time conversation” and “not part of the prep phase”.
It’s possible Tilray was telling the truth, and German officials don’t want to release that information just yet. Currently, European Union laws prevent a company like Tilray from supplying recreational cannabis to Germany.
It is a problem that all European countries face.
“We now have all these EU member states coming together and saying, look, if we’re going to legalize recreational cannabis, we really need to think about how we’re going to do it,” says Jason Wilson, Cannabis Research and Banking Expert at the ETF Managers Group (ETFMG).
Does that mean changing the EU laws that ban imports?
“She [Germany] legalize, but it will take a while to get the infrastructure in place. Unless they import.”
The current EU laws would have to be changed for this.
Germany’s Legalization Plans: Legal Weed When?
Germany’s legalization plans include recreational cannabis by 2023.
“I think it’s going to take longer,” says Wilson. “In fact, I think the federal drug commissioner in Germany suggested that 2024 is more likely.”
Part of the problem is the EU laws. “But the momentum is there,” says Wilson, “for them to actually move forward, it’s going to add to the momentum that we’re seeing in Italy, France and the UK. ”
“We have seen that Malta has developed a program to legalize recreational use. We saw that in Italy there was a referendum that a court struck down based on the fact that the proposal would break EU laws.”
“Despite all the talk about gas prices or the war in Europe, it [legalizing cannabis] seems to be at the heart of the agenda,” says Wilson.
It’s now a good sign that German lawmakers are visiting California’s stores. While “public health” may take precedence, Germany’s legalization plans are more tourist and small business friendly than Canada’s legal system.