Throughout its history, Germany has held conservative laws around cannabis. But with recent election results, weed might finally be legalized. The country recently had its election in September, where the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), Germany’s center-left party, won over the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). The CDU is the nation’s center-right party and has held power for the past 16 years. Since the CDU is both fiscally and socially conservative, changes to cannabis laws were never really on the table. But the recent shakeup in the Bundestag might mean changes will soon come. So, where does the SPD stand when it comes to changes to cannabis laws? Officially, the party supports the full decriminalization of cannabis, but legalization looks unlikely right now. Back in 2020, the party voted against legislation that would have allowed for a legalized cannabis market. It should be noted that the SPD’s attitude towards legalization might reflect a slow-and-steady approach rather than outright refusal to go beyond decriminalization. Full legalization might seem too radical and too quick of a social policy, so decriminalization could help test the waters first. If the legislation proves popular, we might see moves towards legalization. But given the current political climate, we are likely to see weed decriminalized rather than fully legalized.
Wilson Wang, Latest Cannabis News Today – Headlines, Videos & Stocks, 10/22/2021 13:00:00