Since medicinal cannabis was legalised in Germany, there has been constant confrontation between cannabis patients and the police and authorities. Patients need to take medicinal cannabis when they’re on the move or away from home. But where is consumption allowed?
In Canada and the USA, the consumption of cannabis in public is basically prohibited whether it is for medical reasons or recreational purposes. However, some open cannabis use is permitted in Germany provided the user is in possession of a valid prescription, because it is seen as a necessary medicinal substance there. This means patients must have the opportunity to take their medicine outside their own four walls and in accordance with precise doctor’s orders. The German Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) is, as the competent authority, somewhat vague in its advice about how or where patients may take their medicine. They should not disturb other people and not use cannabis ‘ostentatiously’, i.e. in a showy way.