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Germany Legalizes Recreational Cannabis Use Following a “Two-pillar” Approach

Recreational Cannabis and Cannabis Clubs in Germany

The Image of Cannabis club in Germany on the page about cannabis laws

Germany will be authorizing the world’s first not-for-profit cannabis clubs on July 1, 2024. 

Germany passed the CanG bill, which legalized personal cannabis use beginning April 1, 2024. This is the “first pillar” in the country’s two-pillar plan to legalize recreational marijuana use.

With this legislation, an individual can hold up to 25 grams of cannabis in public, and 50 grams at home. Germany’s residents can also cultivate up to three marijuana plants per adult. Even though public consumption is legal, it is not allowed near schools, kindergartens, playgrounds, sports facilities, and pedestrian zones in city centers between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM.

CanG does not include any formal plans to build a retail cannabis market. This means that it will still be illegal to open a recreational dispensary in Germany.

The new cannabis laws in Germany state that anyone 18 years-of-age or older can participate in recreational cannabis use, and get a membership at a cannabis club following the enactment of the “second pillar”.

The second pillar gives individuals the ability to join a cannabis club following legislation, expected to pass on July 1, 2024. Even though they’re not-for-profit, cannabis clubs will be the best option for anyone that wants to operate something similar to a recreational dispensary in Germany. Each club will be limited to 500 members, who may then purchase cannabis from the club. Club members can purchase a maximum of 25 grams of marijuana per day, but members can purchase no more than 50 grams per month.

There will be a required monthly membership fee that will cover the operational costs associated with the club. Each club will be inspected on a regular basis to ensure their compliance with the country’s recreational-use regulations.

As of now, there is very limited information available to the public about cannabis clubs. Follow CannDelta’s social media channels to stay up to date with Germany’s recreational marijuana market.

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Frequently Asked Questions

You do not need a prescription to have CBD products in Germany with the passing of the CanG bill. This legislation permits recreational cannabis use and possession for individuals 18-years-of-age and older. This includes CBD products.

Individuals 18+ can carry up to 25 grams of cannabis in public in Germany. Residents (18+) can possess up to 50 grams of cannabis in their home.

Cannabis products like edibles are now legal in Germany following the April 1, 2024 legalization of cannabis. Even though cannabis and cannabis products are legal, it is still difficult to purchase cannabis products since there is no adult-use cannabis industry that supports a retail market. It will become easier to purchase cannabis products following the proposed July legislation to introduce cannabis clubs.

Cannabis laws in Germany have been passed, legalizing recreational cannabis use. Cannabis can be consumed by individuals 18 years-of-age and older at home or in public. Public consumption cannot take place near schools, kindergartens, playgrounds, sports facilities, and pedestrian zones in city centers between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Individuals 18+ can also grow up to three cannabis plants in their homes.