Germany has scaled back plans to legalise recreational use following extended talks with the European Commission.

Under the new proposals, adults would be able to grow up to three cannabis plants at home or join non-profit clubs up to 500 members.

Possession of up to 25 grams of cannabis would be legal, but advertising would be banned, THC limits would apply to under-21s, and consumption would be restricted to specific areas.

While plans to allow sales in licensed shops appear to have been dropped for now, there could be a pilot project in some regions to test the impact of a commercial supply chain on public health, minors and the illicit market.

German health minister Karl Lauterbach said: “The previous cannabis policy has failed – now we have to go new ways.”

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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