Germany legalizes recreational marijuana use starting this Monday (1st)

Germany legalizes the recreational use of marijuana from this Monday (1), despite persistent opposition from conservatives and medical associations who fear negative consequences for young people.

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As a result, the law stipulates that people over the age of 18 can carry up to 25 grams of marijuana on public roads, cultivate up to 50 grams and have three cannabis plants per adult in their residence.

The reform leaves Germany among the most permissive countries regarding marijuana in Europe, alongside Malta and Luxembourg, which legalized recreational consumption in 2021 and 2023, respectively.

The Netherlands, a nation known for years for its liberal drug policy, has adopted a more restrictive strategy to reduce cannabis-focused tourism.

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It is worth remembering that although the law comes into force this Monday, consumers will have to wait three months to legally purchase marijuana in “cannabis social clubs”.

Before July, purchasing marijuana will remain illegal, according to Georg Wurth, director of the German Cannabis Association.

According to the law, cannabis social clubs can have a maximum of 500 members and distribute 50 grams of marijuana per month to each member.