Düsseldorf, Germany, Looks to Legalize Cannabis

   

Cannabis law reform can move at a very rapid pace once the momentum for legalization takes hold. While it can be extremely frustrating that such an obviously failed policy like cannabis prohibition can exist, it is very important for advocates to appreciate the relative speed of our progress and to capitalize on our gains. The recent advances in Germany are just the latest example of great success on the international stage, with theDüsseldorf City Council moving forward with plans to legalize as just the latest example.

Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international public broadcast company, reported on DW.com:

The Düsseldorf City Council has taken advice from experts on plans to legalize the sale of cannabis. It hopes to use scientific research to gain the approval it needs from the federal government.

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Berlin’s Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg borough council applied last year to the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices for a similar license, but the application was refused on the grounds that it was deemed to be in direct conflict with narcotics law.

Düsseldorf hopes to avoid the same fate by using a scientific study to clarify the effects of legalized cannabis. Should the study show that participants were not negatively affected by their ability to purchase the drug legally, the scheme would be rolled out to all adults.

It is very promising to see such advances in Germany, a world economic power with great influence in the European Union and beyond. With legalized medical cannabis and de facto decriminalization prevalent across the nation, several German localities are considering bold progressive policies that will help shape Germany’s federal policy.

As Deutsche Welle noted, representatives from other German cities, including Cologne and Münster attended the Düsseldorf cannabis policy meeting with experts, a sign that those locales are interested in implementing more sound marijuana policies. With Berlin moving forward with a plan to legalize cannabis coffee shops and Düsseldorf’s pilot proposal, it is clear that Germany will be a hotbed of progressive cannabis news in the months and years to come.

The upcoming International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Berlin will certainly delve into the latest developments in Germany and the EU. The ICBC is shaping up to be an extremely important international cannabis event that should not be missed by those in the industry or thinking of joining the cannabis industry in Germany or anywhere in the European Union. 

This blog was originally published at www.internationalcbc.com and has been reposted here with special permission. 

Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.