Germany: Expert opinion on cannabis legalization to be given in report

The non-profit Institute for Interdisciplinary Addiction and Drug Research (ISD Hamburg) has been given the task by the Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and other ministries to shed scientific light on the planned legalization of cannabis in an expert report. This was communicated by a ministry spokesman to the Deutsches Ärzteblatt upon request.

The report is to be available by March 31 of this year. The contract was awarded at the end of last year. The aim is to present the results to the ministry around two weeks beforehand, project manager Jakob Manthey from the Hamburg ISD told the Deutsches Ärzteblatt when asked.

The research team, which had already prepared an elaboration on cannabis legalization in October of last year, which served as a template for the cornerstones of cannabis legalization, has received eight questions from the ministry, which are to be examined from various points of view.

As a reminder: At the end of October last year, the federal cabinet adopted key points for the controlled release planned by the coalition government. Cannabis and the active ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) would no longer be legally classified as narcotics.

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