(This is the second installment in a series looking at the latest development’s involving Germany’s plan to legalize recreational cannabis. The first installment can be found here.)
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 violate European law.
German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach had previously expressed confidence that the country’s plan to legalize recreational cannabis would overcome one of its biggest hurdles – European Union approval.
Now, EU approval for full
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