Germany’s health minister believes marijuana legalization will become a reality in the country this spring.
Health Minister Karl Lauterbach has set a target for the Bundestag, the national parliament, to approve the nation’s long-awaited cannabis law in February.
Germany would then become the first country to legalize cannabis in Europe in April, according to German news reports.
“I am continuing to assume that the Cannabis Act will be passed by the Bundestag in the week between Feb. 19 and 23 and will go into force from April 1,” Lauterbach told the newspaper Die Welt, broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) reported.
Germany’s current ruling coalition came into power promising legalization, but has yet to pass a law.