Germany is set to legalize cannabis if recreational use of marijuana is allowed

Cannabis is classified as a Class B drug in the United Kingdom (Photo: AP)

Germany is set to legalize the sale of recreational marijuana, in a significant move that is likely to increase pressure on the British government to pursue it.

The German authorities intend to have legislation ready later this year that will allow licensed shops to sell cannabis to users.

The country is far from the first place to legalize certain drugs – particularly marijuana – with several states in the US, such as Canada and Mexico among those legalizing it. Marijuana sales are decriminalized in several other places, including the Netherlands, while its use for medical purposes is much more legal.

The move comes after Thailand legalized weed last week.

The Ministry of Public Health said it will start tomorrow with expert hearings on the issue.

It added that more than 200 representatives from medical, legal and other fields will participate, along with many international experts and officials from various levels of government.

The policy was part of a commitment in a coalition agreement between three social-liberal parties in the government of Chancellor Olaf Scholz, which arrived in December.

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Controlled sale of the substance – classified as a Class B medicine in the United Kingdom – will be permitted for adults.

The German government said the plan would guarantee quality control and also protect young people, and agreed that the ‘social effects’ of the new legislation would be investigated after four years.

In early May, Health Minister Karl Lauterbach said he planned to draft legislation in the second half of the year, following hearings with experts.

The five hearings, which will be held this month, will look at the measures needed to ensure the best protection for young people and the health of consumers, according to state drug lord Burkhard Blienert.

“Like many others, I have been working for us for years in Germany and finally ending the criminalization of cannabis consumers and starting a modern and health-oriented cannabis policy,” he said in a statement.

The move is among a series of socially liberal initiatives rolling out in the country.

The government says it intends to end a ban on doctors ‘advertising’ for abortion services.

It also wants to lift the restrictions on dual citizenship and reduce the minimum age for voting in national and European elections from 18 to 16.

Elsewhere, Chancellor Scholz’s administration intends to scrap 40-year-old legislation requiring transgender people to obtain a psychological assessment and a court decision before they officially change their gender.

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