the "traffic light" clears the way for legal smoking weed – everything you need to know at a glance

The new traffic light government plans to legalize cannabis. Image: dpa-Zentralbild / Z6944 Sascha Steinach

The legalization of cannabis in Germany, which has been controversial for years, is coming. “We are introducing the controlled distribution of cannabis to adults for pleasure purposes in licensed shops,” write the SPD, Greens and FDP in their coalition agreement. An overview of the plans and arguments for and against legalization:

The crucial point in the coalition agreement is the licensed businesses. This means that dealers must meet quality standards and, above all, are only allowed to sell to adults.

With the sale through licensed dealers, the quality of the cannabis coming into circulation is to be controlled and thus the passing on of contaminated substances is to be prevented. In addition, the protection of minors should be guaranteed by the dealers.

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