Tag: Germany

But What about the UN Drug Treaties? – Germany Imports Almost 35 Tons of Weed While the US Tinkers with Rescheduling Cannabis

May 3, 2024 · Cannabis.net

Germany had a record 34.6 tons of cannabis imported in 2023 for medicinal and research uses, a significant increase from previous years. This inflow highlights how Europe's biggest medical marijuana market—which is federally regulated—is changing, as seen by the increasing interest that foreign organizations are showing in Germany's cannabis sector. Notwithstanding a little slowdown in growth relative to prior years, the notable rise in imports underscores the nation's critical position in molding the world's cannabis industry. The surge in cannabis imports coincides… Read more.

German cannabis imports rise to 34.6 tons as cultivators eye end of quota system

April 27, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Germany imported a record amount of cannabis for medical and scientific use in 2023, as international businesses looked for sales opportunities in Europe’s largest federally regulated medical marijuana market. In 2023, Germany imported 31,398 kilograms (34.6 tons) of cannabis products, according to the newest data from the country’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM). That’s a 26.2% increase over the 24,876 kilograms imported the previous year. In previous years, Germany imported: 24,876 kilograms (27.4 tons) of cannabis in… Read more.

German Officials Consider Cannabis Ban at Oktoberfest

April 11, 2024 · High Times

Weed is finally legal in Germany, but it may still be verboten at one of the country’s signature events. According to Forbes, the “German federal state of Bavaria is considering the possibility of restricting cannabis use at the famous Oktoberfest following the legalization of cannabis for personal use.” “Bavaria government aims to restrict public spaces for consuming cannabis at events like Oktoberfest by establishing cannabis-free zones, as first reported by DPA (German Press Agency),” Forbes reported. “Oktoberfest in Munich is the world’s… Read more.

Germany Legalizes Cannabis – What Will Other European Countries Do Now?

April 7, 2024 · Cannabis.net

It seems that attitudes about Germany, which has historically been seen as one of the most conservative countries in Europe, are beginning to change significantly. Despite fierce resistance from politicians and different medical authorities, Germany became the largest EU member state to legalize cannabis for recreational use this week in a historic step. Now, those over eighteen are allowed to own up to 25 grams of dried cannabis and grow up to three marijuana plants inside. With regard to cannabis legalization, this… Read more.

Germany’s Marijuana Legalization Law Officially Takes Effect, Allowing Personal Possession And Cultivation For Adults

April 1, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Germany’s marijuana legalization law officially took effect on Monday, with personal possession and cultivation now permitted for adults. Just days after the cannabis bill was signed into law, the non-commercial legalization provisions are now in force. Social clubs where people will be able to obtain marijuana are due to launch in July. Under the new policy, adults 18 and older are allowed to possess up to 25 grams of cannabis and grow up to three plants for personal use. Germany’s marijuana… Read more.

Cannabis Is Officially Legal In Germany – What You Need To Know

March 31, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

It’s official – with the clock striking midnight in Germany, and the date changing from March 31st to April 1st, the nation’s new adult-use cannabis legalization policy has become the law of the land. Adults (18 years old and older) in Germany may now partake in the newly established freedoms created by the implementation of the first pillar of the CanG law. “It was time to initiate a paradigm shift in drug policy, ending the failed prohibition policy of the… Read more.

Germany Approves Cannabis Reform Plan: Possession Legal April 1

March 26, 2024 · High Times

The German government last week adopted a bill to end the prohibition of cannabis for adults that will make possession and home cultivation of weed legal in Europe’s most populous nation as of April 1. The legislation, which also allows for the establishment of cannabis clubs, was given final approval on Friday in the Bundesrat, Germany’s legislative chamber representing the country’s 16 federal states. The bill has already been approved by the second chamber of parliament known as the Bundestag,… Read more.

German Cannabis Legalization Fuels Surge in Weed Stocks

March 23, 2024 · MG Magazine

Cannabis stocks soared Friday on the news Germany’s parliament legalized cannabis for personal possession and use. Canopy Growth Corporation’s stock (NASDAQ: CGC) surged a remarkable 39 percent, capping a weekly gain of more than 106 percent. Others on the NASDAQ, including Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACB, up 26.6 percent), SNDL Inc. (SNDL, up 21.5 percent), Tilray Brands Inc. (TLRY, up 18.5 percent), and Cronos Group Inc. (CRON, up 9.2 percent), also witnessed substantial increases in share prices. Under the new law,… Read more.

Das Bong! Germany Legalizes Recreational Cannabis as Europe’s Green Wave Officially Kicks Off!

March 1, 2024 · Cannabis.net

Germany has made a groundbreaking move by giving the go-ahead for personal use of recreational cannabis, signaling a notable change in the nation's drug policy. The federal parliament of Germany, the Bundestag, finalized this historic decision today. A substantial 407 MPs rallied behind the legislation; 226 stood in opposition, and four opted to abstain. Now, the ball is in the court of the Bundesrat, the legislative body representing the sixteen Länder at the federal level. They'll be taking a close look… Read more.

German Lawmakers Vote To Legalize Cannabis

February 27, 2024 · High Times

Germany’s lower house of parliament voted last week to legalize the consumption and cultivation of cannabis by adults, although the measure passed by the Bundestag does not permit commercial sales of recreational marijuana. The legislation legalizes cannabis clubs, however, allowing groups of no more than 500 adults to collectively grow weed for personal use by club members. “We have two goals: to crack down on the black market and improved protection of children and young people,” Health Minister Karl Lauterbach… Read more.

Germany Passes Adult-Use Cannabis Legalization

February 26, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Germany became the third European Union country to pass adult-use cannabis legalization on Friday after lawmakers in the Bundestag, which is the country’s lower parliamentary body, approved the Cannabis Act in a 407-226 vote, the Associated Press reports. Following the approval, cannabis possession by adults aged 18 or older will become legal starting April 1, which coincides with German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach’s prediction from earlier this year. Under the new law, adults will be allowed to grow up to… Read more.

German Cannabis Legalization Expected in April

February 10, 2024 · Cannabis Now

The German cannabis legalization saga appears to finally be concluding, with members of the governing coalition in the Bundestag reportedly reaching a final agreement. If the process stays on track, cannabis cultivation, possession and consumption will be legalized in Germany starting April 1. Germany’s current legalization effort started back in September 2021 when today’s governing coalition was initially elected. Members of the coalition, often referred to as the Traffic Light Coalition, quickly announced their intent to end cannabis prohibition in Germany… Read more.

Germany’s Coalition Government Reaches Deal on Weed Legalization

February 6, 2024 · High Times

The groups that form Germany’s coalition government struck a deal last week on cannabis legalization, setting the stage for the new law to take effect in the spring.  Now, the proposal will be considered by the country’s parliament, with a vote expected later this month. Zeit, a German publication, reported last week that the “government coalition made up of the SPD, Greens and FDP has agreed on the details of the legalization of cannabis,” and that the “law could come into force… Read more.

German Minister Expects Cannabis Legalization This Spring

January 24, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach says he hopes to submit the nation’s adult-use cannabis legalization proposal for a parliamentary vote this February and see the proposal come into effect by April, according to a DW report. The proposal was initially agreed upon by Germany‘s three-part government coalition last year, and Lauterbach said that lawmakers’ discussion regarding the Cannabis Act has remained positive. While legalization critics have pushed back against the proposal, Lauterbach argues that the unregulated market carries risks such as contaminated products and extremely… Read more.

Germany to legalize marijuana by April, top official says

January 22, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Germany’s health minister believes marijuana legalization will become a reality in the country this spring. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has set a target for the Bundestag, the national parliament, to approve the nation’s long-awaited cannabis law in February. Germany would then become the first country to legalize cannabis in Europe in April, according to German news reports. “I am continuing to assume that the Cannabis Act will be passed by the Bundestag in the week between Feb. 19 and 23… Read more.

The Booming International Cannabis Trade – Germany, Australia, Israel, and the UK are All Importing Canadian Medical Marijuana

January 15, 2024 · Cannabis.net

There is a scent of reinvention that floats across the Atlantic to touch British shores. One of the leading Canadian producers of greenhouse cannabis, Village Farms International, has finally shipped its first official shipment for the UK arriving over years after in anticipation. Village Farms International, based in Vancouver British Columbia has recently taken a significant step into the booming United Kingdom Cannabis market. In a statement released on Wednesday, the firm revealed that two of its renowned cannabis brands, Pure Sunfarms… Read more.

Marijuana Legalization Advancements In Several Countries Were Among The Biggest International Cannabis News Stories Of 2023

December 28, 2023 · Marijuana Moment

Beyond major marijuana developments in the U.S. at the federal and state levels this year, momentum for drug policy reform continued to build across many parts of the globe in 2023. From the issuance of the first licenses in the European Union for nonprofit cannabis associations to the EU’s largest economy taking steps toward legalizing marijuana for adults, a number of countries, especially in Europe and South America, marked drug reform milestones in the past year. Yet 2023 also saw a rash of… Read more.

Germany Delays Final Vote On Marijuana Legalization Bill Until Next Year

December 5, 2023 · marijuanamoment-net

A final vote on a bill to legalize marijuana in Germany that was initially planned for this week has been called off amid concerns from leaders of the country’s Social Democratic Party (SPD). The delay means that action on the landmark proposal will be postponed until next year. “It always has to be approved by the parliamentary groups in the end,” Dirk Heidenblut, an SPD member of Germany’s Bundestag who is responsible for the party’s cannabis policy, said in an… Read more.

Germany Eyes April 2024 for Cannabis Legalization

December 1, 2023 · high-times

The Germany’s coalition government called the Traffic Light coalition, which combines individuals from the Social Democratic Party, Free Democratic Party, and The Greens, reportedly reached an agreement for cannabis regulation on Nov. 27. These recent discussions estimate that cannabis legalization could take effect starting on April 1, 2024, with social cannabis clubs potentially allowed to open as early as July 1, 2024. “The #Cannabis law is coming! Finally: We are finally ending the failed ban policy! After intensive negotiations, there is now a… Read more.

Buds in Berlin

November 19, 2023 · High Times

Finding weed in Berlin is like going back in time. Sure, Germany has a medical cannabis program but it’s not Oklahoma. The regulations are very strict. You can’t just walk in off the street and start buying flowers and concentrates. It’s true that German legislators are working out plans for cannabis legalization, but adult-use cannabis dispensaries are estimated to be at least five years away. To find cannabis in Berlin, you gotta do it the old-fashioned way. You need a plug. A… Read more.

German Lawmakers Debate Marijuana Legalization Proposal In Committee Hearing, With Final Vote Scheduled Later This Month

November 7, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Lawmakers in Germany took comments from experts Monday during a parliamentary Health Committee hearing on the government’s proposal to legalize marijuana in the country. They also considered an alternative plan that would focus instead on reducing cannabis consumption through education and public health measures. The legalization measure, spearheaded by Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, would allow adults to legally possess cannabis and cultivate a maximum of three plants for personal use. It would also create social clubs that could distribute marijuana to… Read more.

German Lawmakers Hold First Debate On Marijuana Legalization Bill

October 19, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

German lawmakers have officially begun consideration of a bill that would legalize marijuana nationwide. The country’s parliament, called the Bundestag, held the first debate on the legislation on Wednesday after delaying the meeting last week due to the conflict in Israel and Palestine. The legalization measure, spearheaded by Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, would allow adults to legally possess cannabis and cultivate a maximum of three plants for personal use. It would also create social clubs that could distribute marijuana to members. Officials… Read more.

BDSA Walks Back Global Cannabis Sales Forecast by $5B

October 2, 2023 · Green Market Report

The most recent global cannabis market forecast from Colorado-based BDSA predicts that the industry will hit $55 billion in sales by 2027, a big increase from about $32 billion in 2022. But it is a significant downward revision from another BDSA report earlier this year, which projected that global marijuana sales would hit almost $60 billion by 2027. That change the German government’s decision to retreat from its original plan for a broad recreational market, opting instead for a more limited pilot program, BDSA executives told Green… Read more.

Bill To Legalize Marijuana In Germany Advances After State Representatives Fail To Block It

September 30, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Opponents of a proposed bill to legalize marijuana in Germany did not muster enough support to block the measure in legislative body representing states, meaning it will now continue through the process. Germany’s legislature is composed of two main bodies: the Bundestag, which is comprised of democratically elected lawmakers, and the Bundesrat (or Federal Council), which has members representing individual states. On Friday, the legalization bill was brought up in the latter chamber, where legislators urged the adoption of amendments but did… Read more.

German Health Insurance Filled Close to 100,000 Medical Marijuana Prescriptions Last Quarter Alone

August 28, 2023 ·

Demands for the legalization of cannabis are increasing throughout Europe, mirroring the progressive steps taken by Canada and certain regions of the U.S. to approve the use of the substance. Advocates conveyed many advantages of establishing a legal cannabis market during the Cannabis Europa industry event held in London last week. These benefits encompass improvements in public health, augmented tax revenues, and the destigmatization of medical marijuana. Despite enduring opposition from critics who contend that legalization results in elevated crime rates, addiction… Read more.

Germany’s Cabinet Passes Adult-Use Cannabis Reforms

August 19, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Germany’s cabinet on Wednesday passed a bill to legalize adult cannabis use and cultivation, Reuters reports. The measure still requires approval from parliament.  Under the proposal, adults would be allowed to possess up to 25 grams, grow up to three plants, and acquire cannabis as associates of non-profit clubs. Young adults would be allowed to purchase up to 30 grams per month, while older adults would be able to purchase up to 50 grams.  During a press conference, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach… Read more.

Germany’s Federal Cabinet Approves Marijuana Legalization Bill, Sending It To Lawmakers For Enactment

August 16, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Germany’s federal cabinet has approved a draft marijuana legalization bill, sending the first part of the government’s cannabis reform plan to the country’s legislature for consideration. Members of the cabinet voted in favor of advancing the legislation, spearheaded by Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, after discussing the measure at a meeting on Wednesday. The proposal, which was unveiled last month , would allow adults to legally possess cannabis and cultivate a maximum of three plants for personal use. It would also create social clubs… Read more.

Top German Official Expects Federal Cabinet To Approve Marijuana Legalization Bill ‘Next Week’

August 10, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A top German official says he expects the federal cabinet to approve the first part of the government’s marijuana legalization plan “next week,” and he emphasized that the reform will be coupled with a “major campaign” to educate the public about the risks of using cannabis. In an interview with Rheinische Post that was published on Wednesday, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach was asked about the status of the legalization proposal that was unveiled last month. “I expect the cannabis approval to… Read more.

8000Kicks Publicity Stunt Raises Hemp Awareness in Berlin

July 23, 2023 · Cannabis Now

For a few chaotic days this week, the city of Berlin found itself utterly inundated with the gift of hemp. Was it divine intervention? Not quite. Instead, it was the result of a clever publicity stunt orchestrated by the CEO and founder of hemp footwear brand 8000Kicks, Bernardo Carreira. Carreira and 8000Kicks are currently promoting their newest product: WEEDO. The limited-edition shoes are made from premium ground hemp flower—500g per shoe, to be exact. The company collaborated with Royal Queen Seeds and… Read more.

Germany Ministry of Health Unveils Cannabis Legalization Draft Bill

July 11, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

German adults aged 18 and older would be allowed to possess up to 25 grams of cannabis for personal use and cultivate up to three plants under the country’s draft law to legalize cannabis published by the Ministry of Health last week, Forbes reports. The law would also establish cannabis growers’ associations which would allow members to obtain either 25 grams of cannabis per day or 50 grams per month for personal use, and associations could supply each member with up to… Read more.

Top German Officials Unveil Draft Marijuana Legalization Bill

July 7, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Germany’s Health Ministry has unveiled a draft bill to legalize marijuana, submitting it to state officials and the public for review. The legislation would allow adults to cultivate a limited number of cannabis plants for personal use and set rules for the creation of social clubs where they could obtain marijuana. Officials are also planning to introduce a complementary second measure that would establish pilot programs for commercial sales in cities throughout the country. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said that the country… Read more.

German cannabis operator signs on as main sponsor of pro soccer team

July 1, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

German cannabis company Four 20 Pharma has inked a deal to be the main jersey sponsor for Sport-Club Paderborn 07, a professional German soccer club. Sport-Club Paderborn 07 – commonly known as SC Paderborn 07 and based in Paderborn, North Rhine-Westphalia – competes in the German second division, under the Bundesliga. The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The two-year deal commences with the 2023-24 season, which begins Aug. 18. Professional soccer teams typically sell sponsorship opportunities on… Read more.

German Parliament Member to Discuss Cannabis Reforms at ICBC Berlin

May 26, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Back in 2021, mere weeks before what would prove to be a historic election for cannabis policy in Germany, the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) hosted a panel of sitting federal lawmakers to discuss German cannabis policy. It was the first time in history that all major parties in Germany were represented in a panel discussion specific to national cannabis reform. As we learned weeks after the historic panel discussion, a new governing coalition was elected in Germany and many of the… Read more.

German Officials Circulate Draft Bill For First Part Of Marijuana Legalization Plan Among Cabinet Members

May 2, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A top Germany health official has submitted a draft bill to legalize marijuana possession, cultivation and social clubs—the first of a two-part reform framework—to government cabinet officials. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach shared details about the legalization plan last month, and on Friday he distributed the legislative text to cabinet officials to consider before finalizing the bill and sending it to lawmakers. “Promise kept. Comments welcome,” Lauterbach said in response to news coverage about the latest development, according to a translation. While… Read more.

Germany Kicks the Can Down The Road on Cannabis Legalization – Now Adopting a Barcelona-Type Model for Weed

April 18, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Germany Scales Back Its Cannabis Legalization Plan There has been a considerable buzz in the cannabis industry regarding Germany's intention to legalize recreational cannabis, given its status as the largest economy in the European Union. Last October, the German Health Minister, Mr. Karl Lauterbach, submitted a proposed plan for the complete legalization of cannabis to the cabinet, indicating that it was merely a question of when it would happen. However, there were legitimate concerns about Germany's ability to implement such a… Read more.

What To Know About Germany’s Revised Plan To Legalize Cannabis

April 13, 2023 · Forbes

The German government has finally revealed its long-awaited revised plan to legalize cannabis. German officials held a press conference yesterday, attended by Health Minister Karl Lauterbach and Agriculture Minister Cem Özdemir, where they announced the country's plan to legalize cannabis. The revised plan for cannabis in Germany draws on policies and experiments from other European countries with a unique twist. It seems inspired by the Swiss model for a pilot project for the sale of cannabis products, which will also… Read more.

Germany Scales Back Its Cannabis Legalization Plan

April 13, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Cannabis plant with German flag in the background

German officials have announced they are scaling back their widely anticipated cannabis legalization plan following a discussion with European Union officials, the Associated Press reports. The new plan, revealed on Wednesday, is to legalize cannabis possession of up to 25 grams and establish nonprofit “cannabis clubs” where registered members who are 18 and older can go and purchase the plant for recreational purposes. The clubs will be limited to 500 members each and individuals will not be allowed to hold memberships at more than… Read more.

European cannabis execs would welcome German trial legalization program

April 10, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

European cannabis executives would welcome a decision by the German government to pursue a trial recreational cannabis program versus nationwide legalization – even if that meant a significantly smaller market for businesses to pursue. Still, some experts say any trial program in Germany would come with risks, pointing to the flailing Netherlands experiment and even parallels with Japan’s “scientific” whaling activities. German media reported last week that federal officials might resort to a “cannabis legalization light” model amid concerns that nationwide legalization could… Read more.

Germany imports record amount of marijuana, but growth slows

April 3, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Colorful half-timbered houses in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany

Germany imported a record amount of marijuana for medical and scientific use in 2022, according to fresh data from the country’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM). While the top-line number suggests the import business is booming, a deeper look shows that 2022 posted the slowest annual growth since the BfArM started reporting cannabis import data in 2018. Moreover, a good chunk of those imports appears to have never reached patients, possibly because of poor quality or product… Read more.

‘Cannabis in Germany will be a success story’: Europe’s biggest economy moves closer to weed legalization

March 22, 2023 · CNBC

Germany could be weeks away from introducing a bill to legalize cannabis under sweeping reforms that would greenlight the consumption and sale of the drug in Europe’s largest economy. Germany’s Health Minister Karl Lauterbach last week said that the plans had received “very good feedback” from the European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, adding that the bill could be announced by the end of March or in early April. “We will soon present a proposal that works, that is, that conforms to… Read more.

Germany To Introduce Bill To Legalize Cannabis In The Coming Weeks

March 18, 2023 · Forbes

Germany is moving forward with its plan to legalize cannabis for recreational use, aiming to become the first European country to regulate the sale of cannabis products. But while supranational legal frameworks may pose obstacles to legalization, Lauterbach has received positive feedback from the EU, highlighting that the legislation must comply with EU regulations. Lauterbach has expressed confidence that his plans to legalize cannabis will be approved by the EU. Speaking in Brussels on Tuesday, March 14, before a meeting… Read more.