There is also no firm time plan, but since the government has a mandate period of four years, it is implied that this is the longest possible time frame.
The Berlin-based company was one of three to win tenders from the German cannabis agency to produce cannabis in Germany. The two other companies are still working on their production.
Friede says the concerns will need to be addressed in the final legislation.
Germany’s new coalition
They were planted in November, with the first harvest due in January which will mark the first legal, large scale harvest of cannabis on German soil.
The leaves will be turned into cannabis flour and used in legal medical marijuana products.
Concerns over criminal gangs
Before the parties started governing together, they agreed on a coalition contract of over 170 pages which is where the move towards legalisation of cannabis for recreational use is set out.
But the new government, under Chancellor Olaf Scholz, that took over in December 2021, wants to go a step further and legalise the sale of cannabis for recreational use to adults in specialised, licensed shops.
In preparation for the September 2021 federal elections in Germany, many parties have included positions on cannabis policy in their election manifestos. Four of Germany’s largest parties envisage a significant liberalisation. These range from regional model projects for the testing of regulated dispensing to legal dispensing in licensed specialist shops and pharmacies throughout the country. What all programmes have in common is that legal dispensing should only be possible to adults.
The competent authorities for enforcement of criminal offences are the public prosecutors.
3.1 Legal Elements Affecting Access to Medical Cannabis
Pursuant to Section 31 paragraph 6 of the German Social Security Code Vol 5 (Sozialgesetzbuch Fünftes Buch, SGB V), patients can receive reimbursement from public health insurers under certain circumstances.
There is no fully harmonised legal landscape within the EU in relation to medicinal cannabis, which leads to different rules within the EU member states. This can lead to various cross-jurisdictional issues. In Germany, this is particularly noticeable in connection with the import of medicinal cannabis from third countries outside of the EU.
3.2 Use of Non-controlled Cannabinoids in Food
Enforcement Differs from State to State
So far, German authorities have allowed imports of cannabis from the following jurisdictions: the Netherlands, Portugal, Uruguay, Australia, Spain, Israel and Colombia.