“The controlled release of cannabis is agreed in the coalition agreement. The Minister of Health must now present a draft law in a timely manner,” said Green health expert Kirsten Kappert-Gonther, who is responsible for the topic of cannabis in her parliamentary group, to the dpa in Berlin.
She did not want to make a prediction as to when it will be possible to legally buy cannabis in Germany. Until the Minister of Health presents a draft law, any statement would be pure speculation, she said. “I am committed to making it happen as soon as possible.”
The SPD, Greens and FDP had agreed in their coalition agreement to introduce “the controlled distribution of the drug to adults for consumption purposes in licensed shops”. Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) had presented the first concrete ideas for implementation in autumn.
However, it is not excluded that Brussels will veto the German plans in a so-called notification procedure (examination), should the Commission consider them to be contrary to EU and international law. The conservative parties which are against legalisation, are counting on this.
“A possible notification procedure must not delay the process any further,” said Kappert-Gonther. EU law cannot be used as a counter argument, she added.