Germany to legalise recreational use of cannabis
People will also be allowed to grow their own cannabis.
Germany has announced plans to legalise the recreational use of cannabis as well as its sale and production.
The country's health minister Karl Lauterbach said that, under a plan agreed upon by the cabinet on Wednesday (October 26), the possession of up to 1 oz of cannabis will become legal.
Adults will also be allowed to buy cannabis from licenced premises, with Mr Lauterbach saying the market will be tightly regulated.
But there is still some uncertainty over whether the plans will go ahead as the government needs to check it is compatible with European Union law.
If they get the green light from Brussels though, then the plans will go ahead, Lauterbach confirmed.
Although the exact plans have not been laid out, leaked documents suggested that people would be allowed to grow their own cannabis at home but would be limited to two plants.
Marijuana sold in stores would be limited to a THC content of no more than 15 per cent, with a 10 per cent cap on those aged 18 to 21, the Mail reports.
Any cannabis sold in the country would need to have been grown in Germany, and imports of the drug will be banned.
It would also still be illegal to market or advertise cannabis, and dispensaries will be forced to locate themselves far from schools, nurseries or youth clubs.
German health minister Karl Lauterbach has just unveiled detailed plans for the legalisation of Cannabis
Still hurdles to full legislation - largely due to EU law - but this sets Germany on course to becoming the biggest legal national market for Cannabis in the world. pic.twitter.com/QCnZkFZ4ys
— Sam Gad Jones (@samgadjones) October 26, 2022