Germany has finally passed a bill to legalise adult use after years of wrangling since the country’s newly elected coalition government announced plans to do so in 2021.

The CanG bill, 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 the Bundestag on Friday by a margin of 407 to 226.

Elements of the new law are expected to come into force on April 1, although it still has to be approved by the Bundesrat, which could result in amendments and delays.

As well as opposition at home, the measures had also come under scrutiny amid concerns they might breach European Union rules.

However, following the passing of the bill, Prohibition Partners CEO Stephen Murphy said other EU countries must now “take note”.

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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