German government tweaks cannabis legalization proposal following pushback over restrictions

New details about the German government’s cannabis legalization proposal have emerged, with officials incorporating feedback after advocates and lawmakers pushed for fewer restrictions that were included in an initial version that was leaked last week.

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach will be presenting the framework to the full Cabinet on Wednesday, The Rheinischer Post reported.

When details of the original version leaked last week, there was quick pushback over certain restrictions that lawmakers and advocates said would complicate efforts to transition consumers to the legal market. At least one key provision related to THC limits for cannabis products was removed in the new document.

The overall 20-30 gram possession limit range remains intact, but the health minister’s 19-page report says that such possession will be legal “regardless of the specific THC content and origin,” according to a translation. The earlier version had stipulated that possession was punishable if the cannabis wasn’t grown and sold within the country’s regulated supply chain.

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