Germany’s Adult Use Cannabis Law Takes Effect. Now What?

After two years, the push by Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government to legalize cannabis has cleared its first big step.


Germany’s Federal Council Vote Clears the Way for Cannabis Legalization to Take Effect April 1

The Federal Council voted Friday to pass the bill, which already cleared Parliament last month, dispelling fears that the Council would push for amendments and delay legalization.


United Nations’ Narcotics Board Report Finds Legal Cannabis Production Has “Grown Significantly” 

In response to a question during the report launch about Germany’s legalization plans, INCB’s president said it is up to the international community to decide on legal cannabis “once and for all.”


Germany’s Parliament Passes Bill to Legalize Cannabis for Adults

If the bill clears its remaining steps without delay, including consideration by one more legislative body, it is on track to take effect in April.


Australian Lawmakers Host Daylong Cannabis Legalization Hearing

The Greens’ Legalising Cannabis Bill 2023 got its first hearing this week, following the submission of more than 200 written public comments.

Global, United States

The Year of the Tipping Point

Cannabis Wire looks back on some of the most significant moments in 2023, and ahead to a potentially historic 2024.


In Germany, the Parliament’s Health Committee Hears Perspectives on Legal Cannabis

Monday’s hearing follows the adult use bill’s first reading in parliament in October.

Global, UK/Europe

What’s Next for Cannabis in Europe? EU Agency Hosts Panel on National Reforms

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction hosted officials from Malta, Germany, and the Netherlands to share lessons learned.


Colombia Nearly Legalizes Cannabis, But Falls Short in Final Vote

An adult use bill advanced farther than ever before. But opposition to reforms, and to the president, led to a seven-vote gap.


Germany’s Revised Adult Use Cannabis Legalization Plan is Here

The phased plan: home cultivation and non-profit clubs are in, while edibles, lounges, and non-residents are out. Eventually, maybe, regulated shops will be allowed.


United Nations’ Narcotics Board Report Reckons With Cannabis Legalization Trend

The International Narcotics Control Board’s latest report, launched Thursday, for the first time devotes its first chapter to cannabis legalization.


2022: The Year Cannabis Reform Reached the White House 

From the Hill to the Big Apple to Germany, cannabis conversations reached new heights. Cannabis Wire’s top stories of 2022 cover what’s happened and what’s next.

Global, Research

Cannabis Researchers and Regulators Push for Global Quality Control “Harmonization” 

ASTM International hosted global heavyweights in cannabis industry, research, and regulation for a two-day conference focused on standards.


Is Colombia Close to Overturning Cannabis Prohibition? A Bill Inches Ahead

With a new Congress and a new president, an adult use bill is advancing that could flip the switch by June if not sooner.


Germany’s Cannabis Legalization Plan Takes Shape

Federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach presented a broad plan to the cabinet on Wednesday, which it supported. Next up: European Commission review.


Canadian Government Launches Review of Cannabis Legalization

The country has allowed legal adult use sales since 2018. A mandated review, which kicked off Thursday, will assess outcomes, from youth use to social and environmental impacts.