Germany’s Bundesrat has voted in favour of the coalition government’s CanG bill, paving the way for adult-use legalisation from April 1.

The measure, which will allow adults to possess up to 50 grams of cannabis and cultivate up to three plants in private for personal use, was voted through by the Bundestag in February.

Opponents in the Bundesrat, the legislative body representing the 16 federated states of Germany, sought to delay the bill’s implementation by forcing it into a mediation committee.

In order to avoid that happening, the government made a number of concessions including offering more money for addiction prevention and amending the rules governing cannabis cultivation associations.

Following the successful vote, health minister Karl Lauterbach lauded the move on social media.

“The fight was worth it, legalisation of cannabis is coming on Easter Monday!” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

“Please use the new opportunity responsibly and help protect children and young people. Hopefully this is the beginning of the end for the black market today.”

Prior to launching Cannabiz, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Asia-Pac’s leading B2B media and marketing information brand Mumbrella, overseeing its sale to Diversified Communications in 2017. A journalist...

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