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German cannabis legalization bill to be released "immediately after Easter," but details remain in question

A bill to legalize cannabis nationwide in Germany will be formally introduced by the government "immediately after Easter," a top health official says. He also seems to be pushing back on recent reports that the measure has been significantly scaled back from an initial framework announced last year.

The legislation was initially set to be released by the end of the first quarter of 2023, but that timeline was extended "due to scheduling reasons" as officials reportedly worked to revise it in order to avoid a potential conflict with international laws.

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said that the plan is still to enact national legalization, and he's "firmly assuming that we will present the new proposal immediately after Easter" next week.

There were reports last month that the bill is being revised from the framework that the government previously released, with details signaling that officials planned to take a bifurcated approach to the reform.

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