FDP insists on rapid cannabis legalization
Die FDP calls for a faster pace in the planned release of cannabis in Germany. “As a future coalition, we have formulated the controlled release of cannabis for recreational purposes as a goal in our coalition agreement. Accordingly, we want a draft law as soon as possible,” said the health policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group, Andrew Ullmann, the “Tagesspiegel”. A week ago, the green health expert Kirsten Kappert-Gonther had already called for a timely draft law.
One cannot “wait forever for us to get advance signals from Europe before we finally take legislative action,” said Ullmann. The path of the traffic light coalition is “legal and legitimate” and will also exist in Europe accordingly.
SPD, Greens and FDP had agreed in their coalition agreement to introduce “the controlled sale of drugs to adults for recreational purposes in licensed shops”. Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) presented the first concrete ideas for implementation in the autumn.
The next step would be a finished bill. However, it cannot be ruled out that Brussels will veto the German plans in a so-called notification procedure if the Commission believes that they contradict EU and international law. The Union, which is against legalization, is counting on this.