Legalization Update: Germany

Legalization Update: Germany

While Germany has made some progress as far as cannabis legalization is concerned, the number of Germans who can legally obtain the drug is rather limited, as are the chances that that number will increase any time soon.

Germany legalized medical marijuana in 2017, but as in most European countries where the drug has been legalized, it is only available patients who are seriously ill — though it’s unclear what this means, exactly. And while the recreational use of cannabis remains illegal in Germany, possessing a small amount is, in most cases, tolerated — though the limit of this “small amount” varies throughout the country.

Berlin, for example, is known for its party scene. There are “hidden” clubs, secret parties, and a crazy amount of bars. It’s the place to be if you’re looking for a fun weekend in Europe, or looking to buy weed. It’s rather easy to buy cannabis in Berlin, and law enforcement is, of course, fully aware of this.

While having 10 to 15 grams of cannabis on you shouldn’t get you in much trouble in Berlin, In other parts of the country, the limit is much lower. As we’ve mentioned, however, cannabis remains illegal for recreational use in Germany, so the cops can still arrest you if they feel like it, no matter how much weed you’re carrying.

Getting — or getting away with — marijuana may be technically possible in Germany, but growing it is not.

If a company wants to grow medical cannabis in Germany, they have to apply for a license with the cannabis agency of the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices. The agency has yet to grant any licenses, however, leaving Germany to import all of its cannabis from the Netherlands and Canada. According( to, the nation imported 520 kilograms of medical marijuana from Canada in 2017 alone.

The Likelihood of Legalization

Many of Germany’s political parties, such as the Left Party, the FDP, and the Green Party, appear to favor legalization. The parties want the government to legalize marijuana for private consumption in order to “protect adult consumers from a product laced with other harmful chemicals.” Legalizing it could also be a way to prevent minors from buying marijuana, which will be a challenge as Germany has a thriving black market.

Despite this political support, Germany’s other political parties are strongly opposed to legalization, making it impossible for the nation to pass any new laws — for now.

Stay tuned to the Sugar Leaf for updates.