Status: 21/09/2023, 19:04 p.m.
By: Robin Dittrich
The legalization of cannabis has been approved by the Federal Cabinet. However, there will continue to be cannabis-free areas, especially in city centres.
Frankfurt – The legalization of cannabis was a central project of the traffic light coalition. The law is expected to come into force by the end of the year. However, there are strict rules about where cannabis can be consumed.
In these places, the use of cannabis should remain illegal
Before the end of 2023, adults in Germany will be able to possess up to 25 grams of cannabis for their own use. Up to three female flowering plants should also be allowed per adult person in private self-cultivation. The purchase of cannabis is facilitated through not-for-profit growers' associations or cannabis clubs. Members under the age of 21 receive only 30 grams of cannabis per month, while those older receive up to 50 grams per month.
By the end of the year, cannabis is to be legalized – but there are still some restrictions. © NurPhoto/Imago (symbolic image)
The traffic light government also imposed further restrictions on the use of cannabis. For example, this is not allowed near schools, daycare centers, playgrounds and public sports facilities - this applies to a radius of 200 meters. According to the draft law, cannabis may not be smoked in pedestrian zones between 7:00 a.m. and 20:00 p.m. No distinction is made between recreational and medical consumption, the restrictions apply to everyone.
More than a third of Munich is banned from the use of cannabis
cantourage.com also wanted to find out which cities have the most restrictions. In order to estimate the approximate size of the closed areas in the twenty largest cities in Germany, all schools and children's and youth facilities were examined. The biggest restrictions will be in Munich, where about 38 percent of the area will be closed to the consumption of cannabis.
In so many percent of the area of these cities, cannabis is not allowed to be consumed:
- Munich: 38 percent
- Hanover: 30 percent
- Berlin: 28 percent
- Nuremberg: 27 percent
- Frankfurt am Main: 24 percent
- Bielefeld: 12 percent
- Duisburg: 10 percent
- Münster: 9 percent
- Average of the 20 largest German cities: 19 percent
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Hanover came in second with 30 percent, ahead of Berlin with around 27.8 percent of the area. "The partial legalization of cannabis has already been criticized by various institutions and organizations due to the many restrictions. According to our study, the consumption of cannabis already remains illegal around the clock in one-fifth of urban areas," criticized cantourage CEO Philip Schetter.