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New laws decriminalising personal use of cannabis come into effect in Germany

Germany has enacted new cannabis laws for individuals over 18, allowing them to possess up to 25 grams of dried cannabis and grow up to three plants at home for personal use.
These regulations, effective from April 1, aim to undercut the illegal market and ensure safer cannabis by minimizing access to contaminated products.

Despite government intentions to protect youth and decrease illegal distribution, some experts criticize the laws for potentially normalizing cannabis usage among young individuals and fearing an initial rise in consumption.

Restrictions include a prohibition on cannabis use near schools and youth centers, and plans for educational campaigns about cannabis risks are underway, although their effectiveness remains debated.

The legislation also seeks to address the needs of medicinal users and monitor consumption trends. This reform has sparked a broad discussion on balancing public health concerns with efforts to regulate cannabis use responsibly.
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