Why Germany’s “Jamaica Coalition” Will Not Legalize Cannabis

The international community has been keeping a watchful eye on the development of a so-called Jamaica Coalition in Germany — an alliance of the Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union (CDU/CSU), Free Democratic Party (FDP), and the Green Party. While the alliance has many implications for the future of the German government, and two of the three parties openly support legalization, the alliance is unlikely to have a major impact on cannabis policy in the country over the next four years.

Despite Jamaica’s stereotypical association with cannabis, the alliance’s name has nothing to do with the parties’ affinity for marijuana — their party colors are represented on the Jamaican flag: black, green and yellow. Nevertheless, the German media has been flirting with photomontages of dreadlock-wearing politicians who could legalize cannabis in the coming legislature.

German publication Franffurter Allgemeine’s depiction of the “Jamaica Coalition” last month.

Even with the Liberals (FDP) and Greens openly supporting the legalization of cannabis, reports of a forthcoming cannabis revolution or a presumable legalization are pure speculation. The…

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