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German Health Minister Openly Supports Cannabis Legalization On TV
Nicolás Jose Rodriguez
Thursday 18 Aug 2022
In Favor of Legalization
On a special episode of Germany’s popular satirical “Heute Show”, Karl Lauterbach, German scientist, physician, and politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany who serves as the federal Minister of Health, admitted to having smoked weed and came out personally in favor of legalization, reported journalist Aaron Burnett for local media.
“It was pleasant, I have to say. It brings back pleasant memories,” said the Health Minister, who once was against legalization. He recognized that “the safety and security aspects of legalization have changed in the last years, in my opinion. I’m now for legalization.”
Germany’s “traffic light coalition” has in mind legalizing cannabis for adults, in line with the regulatory framework of Canada. Lauterbach emphasized that his legal team was working to make sure legalization would be in line with EU regulations.
When Is Germany Going To Legalize Weed?
“I would say 2024 at the earliest,” SPD MP Dirk Heidenblut told Augsburger Allgemeine. “Where are we going to get so much legal, quality-controlled cannabis from so quickly? I’m not sure we’ll have huge cannabis fields here anytime soon,” he said.
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