Following an “intensive exchange with experts and interest groups”, the German government has unveiled the key points of its plan to legalise recreational cannabis. Federal health minister Karl Lauterbach said he expects a draft law to be introduced in the Bundestag in the first quarter of 2023, with legalisation likely the following year.

The paper highlights the main points that should be addressed in a future draft proposal, which will allow production, supply and distribution of cannabis within a licensed and government-controlled framework.

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