GERMANY: A German pharmaceutical authority struck down proposed plans Monday that would have allowed for the creation of “coffee shops” in Berlin similar to those in Amsterdam in the Netherlands where customers can recreationally buy different kinds of marijuana alongside a cup of coffee. Despite the setback, proponents of the law are still hopeful for the future of marijuana legalization in Germany.
“For us, the rejection of the plans was no surprise, and as such, it’s also not a setback,” said Georg Wurth, a spokesperson for a pro-marijuana group in Germany, to the Local. Hamburg, Bremen, Münster and Düsseldorf have similar proposals on the table, and politicians are beginning to come around, according to the activists.
European laws on marijuana consumption and sale differ greatly throughout the continent and have shifted throughout the past 15 years, with one country having decriminalized all drugs.