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Draft bill leaked:

Germany: Cannabis clubs face new restrictions

The federal government wants to tighten up the Consumer Cannabis Act. This is primarily intended to address the concerns of the federal states. This is seen in a leaked draft bill. The aim of the measures is to prevent the emergence of large-scale and commercial structures in cannabis cultivation and to make it easier for the authorities to monitor cultivation clubs.

Specifically, the aim is to ensure that several cultivation clubs are not allowed to operate cultivation areas in the same place or on the same property. Last but not least, in order not to come into conflict with European law, it is important to prevent the creation of plantations or large cultivation areas that are more difficult to control. To this end, cultivation must be restricted to small-scale, non-commercial structures and for personal consumption. In addition, members must actively participate in cultivation associations and not simply buy their cannabis there.

The federal states can refuse permits more easily
To ensure this, the authorities are also to be given greater discretionary powers to prohibit the approval of cultivation areas. "The competent authority may refuse permission if cultivation areas or greenhouses of the cultivation association are located in a structural association with or in the immediate vicinity of cultivation areas or greenhouses of other cultivation associations," the draft states.

The draft law also addresses the possible business models of other companies in the sector. Cultivation clubs should not be able to commission the same commercial provider with several services that are not directly related to cultivation. This is intended to prevent commercial business models based on large cultivation areas with package services for cultivation clubs.

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