Drug policy of Germany

The drug policy of Germany is considered to be one of the most lenient among EU countries. Policies vary depending on the state.

In 1994, the Federal Constitutional Court ruled that drug addiction and the possession of small quantities of narcotics for personal use were not crimes. In 2000, the German law on narcotics (Betäubungsmittelgesetz) was changed to allow supervised injection rooms.[citation needed]

In 2002, a pilot project was started in seven German cities to evaluate the effects of heroin-assisted treatment on addicts, compared to methadone-assisted treatment. In 2009, the positive results of the study led to heroin-assisted treatment becoming included in mandatory health insurance.[citation needed]

In February 2021, authorities in Germany and Belgium seized more than 23,000 kilograms (51,000 lb) of cocaine, worth billions of euros, from shipments that originated in Paraguay and Panama. In an international operation that resulted in one arrest, a man from Vlaardingen, Netherlands, German and Belgian authorities seized the largest amount of cocaine in Europe.[1]

Cannabis policy edit

In 2017, Germany re-allowed medical cannabis. After the 2021 German federal election, the new government announced in their coalition agreement that they intend to legalise cannabis for all purposes (including recreational), although concrete legislation to this effect has not yet been introduced.

References edit

  1. ^ "Police in Germany and Belgium make Europe's biggest ever cocaine bust, worth billions of euros". CNN. 24 February 2021.

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