Germany Legalizes Possession and Use of Cannabis Starting April 1

Frankfurt International Airport

In Germany, the possession and use of cannabis will be legalized from April 1. The Embassy of Japan in Germany is calling for attention from resident Japanese nationals and travelers.

From the same day in Germany, the possession and consumption of cannabis for individuals over the age of 18 will be legalized under certain conditions, including restrictions on the amount possessed and places of use. Additionally, stricter penalties for transferring cannabis to individuals under 18 are also included. The legalization aims to reduce the black market and drug-related crimes.

In Japan, the possession and other behaviors regarding cannabis are prohibited under the Cannabis Control Law, and bringing cannabis into Japan can subject one to punishment. Also, regulations punish the unwarranted cultivation, possession, receipt, and transfer of cannabis outside of Japan, and one may be held accountable.

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