On November 18, 2021, local media sources confirmed that members of Germany’s incoming governing coalition (comprised of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), the Free Democratic Party (FDP), and the Greens) intend to introduce legislation to legalize adult-use cannabis in Germany.
Germany stands to become the next of shockingly few countries that have approved full legalization of adult-use cannabis, joining Canada and Uruguay (and a number of US states. Germany would become only the second G-7 nation to legalize adult-use cannabis and the first on the European continent to do so. As noted in this Prohibition Partners article, the Netherlands and Switzerland are also set to introduce adult-use cannabis legislation on a trial basis in 2022.
So what will the adult-use cannabis industry look like in Germany. From a coalition spokesperson:
“We’re introducing the controlled distribution of cannabis to adults for consumption in licensed stores. This will control the quality, prevent the transfer of contaminated substances and guarantee the protection of minors. We will evaluate the law after four years for social impact.”
The societal benefits of adult-use legalization in Germany are obvious (and similar to those in the US): an estimated €4.7 billion benefit to the German economy,