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German Parliament Approves Cannabis Legalization with Restrictions

Germany's parliament has voted to legalize the possession and controlled cultivation of cannabis starting from April, despite opposition and some campaign groups' resistance.
Adults will be allowed a daily limit of up to 25 grams and can grow up to three plants for personal use. Minors under 18 are prohibited from possession and use.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach urged support for the law, citing the unsatisfactory status quo and the risks from unregulated black-market cannabis. In contrast, opposition member Simone Borchardt criticized the policy as ideological, not beneficial for the nation.

The legalization move, proposed by Chancellor Scholz's coalition of Social Democrats, Greens, and FDP, has sparked internal disputes, especially since their initial plan for retail sales was vetoed by the EU. Medical associations and health groups also voiced criticism. The German public remains split, with a YouGov poll showing almost equal support and opposition.
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