New legal guidelines decriminalising private use of hashish come into impact in Germany

New legal guidelines decriminalising private use of hashish come into impact in Germany

Smoking hashish is now authorized for over-18s in Germany, after new legal guidelines for private possession got here into impact.

As of 1 April, adults in Germany are allowed to hold as much as 25g of dried hashish on them and domesticate as much as three marijuana crops at house.

The brand new legal guidelines adopted a heated debate concerning the professionals and cons of permitting simpler entry to the drug.

The federal government says decriminalising weed will hit the hidden market, and scale back the unfold of contaminated hashish, thereby defending younger folks. However there was criticism concerning the potential impression on youths.

“From our perspective, the legislation as it’s written is a catastrophe,” Katja Seidel, a therapist at a drug habit centre in Berlin, the Tannenhof Berlin-Brandenburg, instructed Agence France-Presse (AFP).

“Entry to the product shall be simpler, its picture will change and turn out to be extra normalised, particularly amongst younger folks,” Seidel mentioned, including that she anticipated to see a rise in hashish use “at the least initially”.

Hashish consumption by anybody underneath 18 will proceed to be unlawful.

Individuals gathered on the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin shortly after midnight to rejoice the partial legalisation of hashish as the brand new legal guidelines got here into impact. {Photograph}: dts Information Company Germany/Rex/Shutterstock

The brand new laws additionally has some safeguards to guard younger folks, together with a ban on smoking hashish inside 100 metres (328ft) of a college, kindergarten, playground or sports activities centre.

Germany’s well being minister, Karl Lauterbach, has promised a significant marketing campaign to teach younger folks concerning the well being dangers and increase prevention programmes.

Nevertheless, the deliberate media marketing campaign hasn’t satisfied critics. “It doesn’t resonate with them, it’s going to by no means work,” mentioned Boris Knoblich, a spokesperson for the Tannenhof Berlin-Brandenburg organisation. “What works is somebody who goes in, talks to them over a espresso, with no instructor there,” he mentioned.

The federal centre for well being schooling, linked to the well being ministry, instructed AFP it’s going to “assume its accountability by increasing its prevention provides”.

The southern state of Bavaria in the meantime is testing a web based coaching course for lecturers on how you can strategy the subject within the classroom.

Based on official statistics from 2021, 8.8% of adults in Germany aged 18-64 mentioned that they had consumed hashish at the least as soon as within the previous 12 months.

Amongst folks aged 12 to 17, that quantity rose to just about 10%.

The federal government has mentioned beforehand that many customers depend on the drug for medicinal causes and that the brand new legislation can even enhance the standard of hashish consumed by rising numbers of younger folks.

Observers from around the globe shall be carefully watching how the legislation works in follow in Germany.

With Kate Connolly in Berlin and Agence France-Presse

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