“We are introducing the controlled supply of cannabis to adults for consumption purposes in licensed shops”, stated the negotiators of the traffic light parties in the result paper of the relevant working group. As a result, the quality is controlled and de facto increased, the passing on of contaminated substances is prevented and the protection of minors is guaranteed at a much higher level.
After four years, the law is to be examined with a view to its social impact. So far, the sale of cannabis for consumption purposes has been banned in Germany. The Greens and FDP have long been in favor of legal, regulated trade in cannabis.
The three parties also want to massively expand so-called drug checking, the negotiating team said in the report. With “drug checking”, users can have illegally acquired drugs checked for their chemical composition and thus be warned of particularly dangerous ingredients. This measure has enjoyed great popularity with consumers in the past.
At the same time, the parties want to tighten the regulations for marketing and sponsoring cannabis. “We measure regulations again and again against new scientific knowledge and align measures for health protection”, says the report of the traffic light working group.
According to a study by the University of Düsseldorf, the German state would benefit from around five billion euros annually through the legalization of cannabis. On the one hand, additional income (taxes and social security contributions) would be generated, on the other hand, expenditure would be saved.