Cannabis, the sale and cultivation of which has been banned in Germany for more than 40 years, should be removed from the list of prohibited substances as of April 1, according to ZDF. Adults will now be allowed to grow and possess a certain amount of cannabis at home for their own use. From July 1, the law also provides for clubs for the joint cultivation of cannabis.
The government has pledged to evaluate the functionality of the law after a year. But his opponents are already warning against the decriminalization of dealers and an increase in work for the police. There is also concern about the absence of a limit for the consumption of cannabis in connection with driving. According to a 2022 survey, about four million adults use cannabis in Germany, representing 4.8 percent of the population, the station said.
In the Czech Republic, as in Germany, the use of cannabis for medical purposes is now legal. It can be prescribed by selected doctors, for example, to patients with chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, cancer or AIDS.
Growing cannabis for personal use is a misdemeanor or a criminal offense in the Czech Republic, depending on the number of plants grown. It is a criminal offense to grow more than five plants. Possession of more than ten grams of dry matter, production and other handling of narcotic substances is also a criminal offence.