Germany’s Next Coalition Nears Deal on Legalizing Cannabis Says Bloomberg

They write 11 November

Germany’s likely next ruling coalition is closing in on a deal to legalize cannabis for recreational use, the strongest signal yet that long-awaited growth of Europe’s marijuana market is gaining traction.

Negotiators for the Social Democrats, Greens and pro-business Free Democrats are hammering out the details, including conditions under which the sale and use of recreational cannabis would be allowed and regulated, according to people familiar with the talks, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private.

They’re part of wider negotiations on forming a new government, with the three parties targeting early December for a new administration to take office under Social Democrat Olaf Scholz.

No final decision on cannabis has been made and the outcome could still change, the people said. Spokespeople for the Greens and SPD declined to comment on any aspect of the coalition talks. A spokesperson for the FDP didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the cannabis plan.

An agreement on its legalization wouldn’t be overly surprising. The likely coalition partners have been more open to the idea than Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, who have been in power since 2005.

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