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3 facts about cannabis laws in Germany

Cannabis is illegal in Germany, but there are exceptions to the rule. DW looks at what’s legal and what isn’t when it comes to the private consumption of pot — plus, who says it’s high time to legalize marijuana?

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Cannabis is illegal

Germany’s Narcotics Act classifies cannabis as an Appendix III drug: neither too dangerous to market, nor too dangerous to prescribe. LSD and heroin fall, by contrast, under Appendix I — not to be distributed for any reason, while Appendix II narcotics, such as cocaine, may not be prescribed.

Number of pot smokers on the rise

In 2014, the Federal Center for Health Education interviewed some 7,000 Germans ages 12 to 25 about their pot habits. It found that nearly 18 percent of 18 to 25-year-olds surveyed had smoked pot at least once over the past year, up from 11.6 percent in 2008. Roughly 5 percent reported using the drug regularly.

Who wants to legalize cannabis?

Pointing to the widespread use of the drug — by at least 4 million Germans, says the FDP — the trio want the government to legalize regulation of cannabis for private consumption. This, they say, would protect adult consumers from a product laced with other harmful chemicals.

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