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German lawmakers on Wednesday approved a plan to decriminalize the purchase and ownership of recreational cannabis. according To Different news shopsAn important step on the road to legalization and an opportunity for North American industry to gain a foothold in Europe’s richest and most populous country.

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Federal Cabinet of Germany Allegedly Approved A proposal from the Ministry of Health to legalize the purchase and possession of small quantities of cannabis for recreational use as well as its sale and production.

PlanIntroduced by Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, will allow adults to buy and keep up to 30 grams of cannabis for their own recreational consumption.

The government will regulate the production, sale and distribution of cannabis as part of legalization efforts, Lauterbach said at a news conference. according to Deutsche Welle.

Cultivation will be limited to two or three plants per person and sales will be limited to specialist stores.

Advertising and marketing of cannabis products will also be banned under the plan.

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Lauterbach said the proposal makes for "the most liberal legalization of cannabis in Europe". according Along with Deutsche Welle its "most regulated market". health minister postponed Legalization campaigns as part of a "safety first" approach to the drug, which acknowledges the drug's continued use and health risks, along with the black market currently promoting it. He said this approach could serve as a model for the whole of Europe, where only a handful of countries have made recreational cannabis free from crime and Malta has only one. valid This. framework marks a capability gift For Germany's young cannabis industry, as well as for North American firms that are already profiting from legalization and looking to expand.

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Cabinet approval has begun a potentially lengthy process of legalizing cannabis. As a member of the European Union, German laws must also comply with European law and parliaments. Fear A poorly designed framework by the European Court of Justice can be torn down. the court first Told Member states must halt the sale of cannabis, a potential issue for Germany's proposal for government regulation.

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According to Bloomberg, the German government plans To find out limiting amounts of THC in products intended for adults 21 years of age and younger. THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is a major psychoactive ingredient in cannabis and is responsible for the drug's high. Powerful weeds with higher concentrations of THC may have a greater effect and related With greater health risks than the milder forms of the drug.

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