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Germany’s new government plans to legalize cannabis.

In addition to climate policy, digitalization and raising the minimum wage, the coalition agreed on another issue that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party has been blocking for years.

Germany’s new government wants to legalize marijuana.

“The legalization of cannabis, long blocked by the Union, allows us to have a regulated and taxed dispensary, quality controlled and effective protection for young people through education,” Free Democrats regional spokesman Lars F. Lindemann tweeted.

The parties in the new coalition have agreed to legalize the sale of cannabis – provided it is sold in licensed establishments that can properly tax it and ensure both quality control and sale only to adults. Four years later, the parties vow to review the law and its impact on society.

If Germany does indeed legalize recreational marijuana, it will become the first major European country to do so, after Canada and some US states, opening up a significant market for legal cannabis growers and dealers. (In other European countries, such as the Netherlands, the drug has been decriminalized, but manufacturing, buying and selling remains legal only in a medical context.)

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According to current German law, cannabis use is not illegal, but it is possible to buy it.

Criticism of the plan followed immediately. Markus Blum, party secretary of the CSU, the only CDU sister in Bavaria, Ms Merkel, called the idea a “dangerous experiment” and warned that cannabis works like a drug.

“It turns unhealthy medicine into a lifestyle product,” Blum said of the proposal.

Indeed, Mr. Bloom is not alone. A study published last month found that only 30 percent of respondents believe the drug should be legalized for recreational use. Another 59 percent think it’s best to leave it as it has been since 2011: a drug that requires a doctor’s prescription.

And while the Greens have campaigned for clear rules on cannabis use, and the Free Democrats have argued that legalization can bring money to the state treasury, the outgoing Conservative government insists that legalization is dangerous.

“Legalizing cannabis would be a breakthrough,” Stefan Pilsinger, a drug expert for the conservative parliamentary faction, said in October. “At some point, unfortunately, we will talk about the legalization of all drugs.”

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