Three left-of-center political parties in the German capital of Berlin have agreed to work together to develop a program for the regulated distribution of adult-use cannabis in the city.
Bendikt Lux, a Berlin city assembly representative from the Green Party, said his party has joined with the Social Democrats and The Left to seek a “scientifically monitored pilot project for the controlled distribution of cannabis to adults,” according to German press reports.
Berlin officials believe they have a better chance of success because the city is also one of the country’s 16 states, which, unlike cities, have some power to introduce their own laws.
Max Plenert, a spokesman for the German Hemp Association, said the federal intoxicants law allows for such experiments and that exceptions can be applied for.
In May, the German cabinet passed a bill permitting seriously ill patients to use medical cannabis if they have consulted with a doctor and have no other therapeutic alternatives.