Germany plans to legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. Even 4.7 billion euros in profit annually

Arrangements on the legalization of marijuana in Germany were made during coalition negotiations that have been conducted in Berlin for several weeks by the social democracy of the SPD, the Greens and the liberal FDP. In early December, these parties are to form a new government.

We will introduce controlled sale of cannabis to adults for recreational purposes in licensed stores

| – the negotiators of the SPD, the Greens and the liberal FDP wrote in a document leaked to the media from the negotiating working group called “Health and Care”.

These plans include quality control to avoid the spread of contaminated substance, as well as solutions to protect minors. After four years, the law will be reviewed in terms of social impact.

Dry the black market

According to the media, the future coalition partners want to introduce the so-called drugchecking, which will allow consumers to check the composition of illegally purchased drugs for the content of harmful substances. At the same time, the rules on marketing and sponsorship for alcohol, nicotine and cannabis are to be tightened.

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So far, the sale of marijuana for medical purposes is permitted in Germany. All three parties of the future coalition have already advocated some form of legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes in their electoral programs. They argue that controlled sales will eliminate the black market, which will help to better protect children and adolescents and prevent addiction. They also believe it is a mistake to consider millions of marijuana consumers to be criminals.

Supply problem

Although politicians do not use a financial argument, according to economists’ estimates, legalizing the sale of marijuana may bring considerable revenues to the state budget. According to the “Handelsblatt” daily, economist Justus Haucap from the University of Duesseldorf estimated in a recently published study that the state could gain more than EUR 4.7 billion from additional tax revenues and social security contributions, as well as savings in law enforcement agencies and the judiciary. annually.

The newspaper also points out that Germany’s international obligations make it impossible to import cannabis for recreational purposes, so only marijuana grown in Germany will be sold. After the legalization of medical marijuana in 2017, the Federal Institute of Medicines and Medical Products issued licenses for the production of 2.6 tons of hemp per year to three producers: Canadian companies Aurora and Aphria and the German start-up Demecan. “The intention turned out to be more difficult than thought. Until now, it was possible to supply only a part of the initially planned amount. To cover the demand for medical marijuana. Much more has to be imported. In 2020, 12 tons of cannabis flowers were imported, and in the first half of this year, almost 10 ton “- indicates” Handelsblatt “.

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