After Amsterdam and Barcelona, Berlin could be the next golden pot destination.
The capital of Germany is on course to semi-legalising marijuana after a cross-party movement agreed on a ground-breaking pilot scheme.
It seems that the story went under the radar after the news of Donald Trump’s US-election victory went out last week. However Green politician, Benedikt Lux, confirmed that “a scientifically accompanied pilot project for the controlled delivery of cannabis” was planned.
Three main political groups, The capital’s Social Democrats, the Green and the Left Party have agreed on a “controlled distribution of cannabis to adults” project. Until now, cannabis possession has been illegal in Germany, however it is very common in Berlin to be “let off” if you are found with less than 15g of cannabis .
“The legal code is decided at the federal level, and this is about a local attempt to try to do things differently.”
We were talking about the news when Berlin’s Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district had previously tried to legalize controlled cannabis dealing, but efforts were thwarted by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices. Berlin is one of the 16 federal states in Germany which has the authority to introduce its own laws.
The representative of the German Hemp Association, Max Plenert, summed up the legal climate perfectly, “The legal code is decided at the federal level, and this is about a local attempt to try to do things differently.”
“This is a pilot project with limits. It’s an attempt to advance the discussion about how things could be different. It won’t have a massive effect on the market for drugs as a whole, but as with other pilot projects concerning drugs, it’s a chance to show politicians and the press that the topic isn’t such a big deal. And that could kick-start larger changes!”