Source: The Guardian
by Emily Jiannetto
Germany is prohibited from trafficking marijuana, excluding medical or research purposes, based on a 1961 UN Convention on Narcotic Drugs; the same goes for many European countries. Despite this, Germany has one of the largest medical marijuana markets in the EU and is taking steps toward establishing a recreational market.
In 2021, a German coalition vowed to legalize recreational marijuana, and this year, there have been almost half a dozen hearings “with health experts, economists, and cannabis growers” (Oltermann). They are attempting to clear the way to create legislation that is informed and accurate. It is expected that a draft of the legalization bill will be finished in the latter half of 2022 (Oltermann). Technically, Germany could simply secede from the UN convention which prohibits marijuana trafficking, but their efforts combined with the efforts of countries such as the US, Canada, or the Netherlands, may help to alter the views held by the UN on cannabis.