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Germany’s new law legalizing limited adult-use cannabis market now in force

Germany’s cannabis law took effect Monday, making it the second Group of Seven country to legalize and regulate adult-use cannabis nationally.

Canada became the first G7 nation to legalize in 2018.


Germany’s recently approved law legalizes cannabis possession for adults of up to 25 grams (0.88 ounces). It also:

Allows for the cultivation of up to three plants per household. Removes cannabis from the narcotics list. Sets the stage for “cannabis clubs” to open later this year.

While the law was heralded as legalization and marks a significant milestone by ending prohibition, it stops short of laying a legal foundation for the commercial provision of recreational cannabis to consumers.

Unlike American-style legalization and regulation of marijuana, which generally leans heavily into

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