German Authorities To Release Cannabis Prisoners

The Telegraph UK

German authorities were racing to release hundreds of cannabis convicts on Sunday ahead of the partial legalisation of the drug.

From April 1, citizens will be allowed to possess up to 25 grams of the drug in their homes as well as grow three cannabis plants.

Cannabis social clubs will be set up from June where marijuana can be sold to members, but the size of these institutions will be limited to 500 members.

The law will apply retroactively so anyone convicted of a cannabis possession offence could have their sentence voided.

State prosecutors in each of the country’s 16 regions have been manually evaluating thousands of cases to see which prisoners should be released ahead of the law coming into force.

In Hamburg, police released 55 prisoners and called off an active manhunt linked to cannabis dealing.

“These cases have top priority,” explained Hamburg prosecutors.

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