While some of the Germans opposed the bill on the grounds that it would make it easier for young people and children to access cannabis, some defended the bill on the grounds that it would be controlled sales instead of under the counter sales.
Jutta Bungard, who lives in Cologne, stated that she did not look at the new bill positively and said that people could overdo it and act irresponsibly.
Bungard said, “There may be people who drive after drinking it, and this poses a great danger.”
“They encourage use”
A German named Torsten, a supporter of FC Köln football club, said: “It is an absolutely ridiculous and stupid law. It will be a problem for the children the most. They encourage them to use it more.”
A person with the surname Schneider, a pharmacist in Cologne, expressed that he found the limited legalization of cannabis positive, and said, “Right now, everyone buys and sells and uses it as they want. If it becomes legal, at least it will be under control and sold in certain places, and smuggling will be prevented.” made its assessment.
Daniel, who lives in Cologne, also said that a person who wants to buy and use cannabis can do it in any way, and making it legal would relieve state officials and take the burden off them.
“I don’t believe sales will increase that much”
Daniel said, “Many investigations would be closed by themselves. Frankly, I do not believe that the sales will increase too much. Because, as I said, those who wanted it were already buying and using it. I do not find it right to be sold to children and young people. This should be prevented,” Daniel said.
“It’s more appealing to people when it’s banned”
Rosa, who lives in Cologne, stated that she has no experience with cannabis use, but there are people around her and continued as follows:
“There are people around me who use it and have great psychological problems, and there are also those who use it and have no problems at all. I’m in favor of it being legal because when something is banned, it is more attractive to people. I also look favorably on those who produce it at home. Because in this way, the addition of a prohibited or dangerous additional product to the mix can be prevented. The important thing is to check the places where these are sold often.”
Michael Sefenns, who works for a charity organization in Cologne, said that he supports the newly prepared bill as a person who is open to new ideas and thoughts.
“I am grateful for the new draft on cannabis use and sale. I have to deal with a lot of people related to this issue in various districts of Cologne. So I am hopeful that there will be a more positive development with a positive law,” said Sefenns.
“Young people can be easily controlled”
Stating that he was interested in politics in Cologne, Mark Kersten stated that he found the enactment of the draft very positive and necessary.
The bill must also pass the Bundestag.
In Germany, the Council of Ministers approved the draft law prepared by the Ministry of Health on the limited legalization of cannabis use on Wednesday.
According to the bill, cannabis will be removed from the list of drugs. Adults will be allowed to hold up to 25 grams of cannabis and grow 3 plants for personal consumption. So-called “cannabis social clubs”, which will have a maximum of 500 members, will be able to grow cannabis and supply cannabis to their members. A member will be able to purchase a maximum of 50 grams of cannabis per month from this association.
Marijuana use will not be allowed within 200 meters of schools, kindergartens, playgrounds and gyms. Cannabis consumption will also be prohibited by those under the age of 18.
The bill, which is planned to become law by the end of the year, must also be approved by the Bundestag.