Germany: Dusseldorf Moves Toward Legalisation
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Germany: Dusseldorf Moves Toward Legalisation

2 min
Dusseldorf is poised to become the new cannabis capital of Germany. We take a closer look at how and when Dusseldorf set off on the path to a legal recreational cannabis trial.

Something magic is happening in Dusseldorf. The cannabis legalisation movement in Germany is making tremendous progress and the dam of prohibition is ready to burst wide open.

Medical marijuana is set to become legally available to German patients in 2017 under proposals by Health Minister Hermann Grohe. This could be the dawn of a European cannabis renaissance.

Dusseldorf is the capital of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the 7th most populated city in Germany. Better known as the fashion capital of the country, this city is on the cusp of becoming the Cannabis capital.


In summer 2015, Dusseldorf made a blip on our canna-radar. The Dusseldorf city council passed a resolution paving the way for legal recreational cannabis pilot program for adults and if successful, rolled out to the wider populous of adults aged 18 years and above.

The central Berlin heartland district of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg was the first local authority to apply for a cannabis license back in June 2015. Unfortunately, this similar initiative was suppressed by the Federal Institute for Medicines (BfArM) on the grounds it contravened the Narcotics Act.

A “traffic light coalition” comprising the SPD, FPD and the Greens, proved to be a potent enough political cocktail to ensure, that the project in Dusseldorf didn’t wilt last Autumn along with the Berlin project.


At present, the Department of Health in Dusseldorf wants to apply for a license, with a subtle difference to avoid refusal like Berlin. The Dusseldorf recreational cannabis project will be a “scientific study” to analyse the impact upon the trial customers, the city and society in general.

The Berlin project had noble aspirations and really did adhere to the broader drug policy of “harm reduction”. The principle argument was legal cannabis would curb dealing in parks and public spaces and overall reduce crime. Alas, this was all too easy for the anti-marijuana brigade to shoot down.

This December a “Cannabis Symposium” is scheduled in the Dusseldorf town hall with a view to forming a coherent strategy to execute the trial and should it prove a success, wider expansion.


Of all the political parties in Germany, the Green Party is, as you would expect, the biggest ally in the Bundestag for German stoners. Angela Merkel's CDU seems to have a surprisingly outdated attitude when it comes to cannabis and even dragged their feet over medical cannabis legalisation for spurious reasons.

However, greener pastures are just over the horizon, as both recreational and medicinal cannabis use are considered mostly socially acceptable by the majority of ordinary Germans.

The next federal election is scheduled between 27/8/17-22/10/17 and Angie has yet to even confirm if she will stick around to contest a fourth term.

German cannabis users are voters too and if the legalisation movement can maintain its current momentum and make a success of projects like the one in Dusseldorf, then more than the Green party will be courting the marijuana vote in 2017.


  Top-Shelf Grower  

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Luke Sholl
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Luke Sholl has been writing about cannabis, the wellness potential of cannabinoids, and the positive influence of nature for over a decade. Working with several cannabinoid-centric publications, he publishes a variety of digital content, supported by strong technical knowledge and thorough research.
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