This month, the German Federal elections will be held to decide who will be chancellor and form the country’s government moving forward. With six options and a myriad of opinions on the plant’s value, the future of cannabis in Germany can take many shapes.
Both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and lead challenger Social Democrat Martin Schulz have expressed a lack of interest in making significant changes to current policy, but the smaller parties may be critical in pushing cannabis policy forward as part of a coalition.
In a recent interview with the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there are no plans in place to expand current policies that allow limited applications of medical cannabis in the country.
“I do not think of it,” Merkel said. “We allow a very limited medical application, and I do not intend to make any changes.”
In 2011, the Federal Government launched a “citizens’ dialogue” on YouTube where cannabis quickly became the most popular topic of discussion. The following year, Merkel welcomed the founder of the German Hemp Association (DHV), Georg Wurth, to her Berlin office and listened to four and a half…