In Germany, the law allows cannabis legally and there is a program for legal marijuana users. However, self-cultivation is illegal and the purchase and sale are penalized by law. Now, the candidates who are running for the next German governmental positions have made a pact to regulate the distribution and sale of recreational cannabis. This means that Europe’s largest economy is taking a step towards the legalization and regulation of marijuana, setting a precedent within the old continent.
These parties are also seek new drug policies, such as the creation of drug control services, a place where people can have the illicit drugs they possess analyzed in search of contaminants and other harmful substances without fear of facing sanctions criminal. This new drug policy around marijuana introduces the controlled distribution of cannabis to adults for recreational purposes and its sale in authorized stores. This allows them to control the quality of the weed, avoids contamination of the buds and guarantees the protection of minors using marijuana and other illegal drugs or substances.
Despite the optimism of German and European activists for the message of the coalition that intends to reach the government, we must make it clear that the proposal is still an ambiguous one because it does not make anything completely clear and does not provide further in-depth details.
Despite the unknowns, this country has managed to position itself as one of the main countries within the European weed market in relation to its growth. This is important because in 2020, the “The Green” movement presented a project known as CannKG which was intended to allow legal access to marijuana for adults, however, the German Parliament rejected the project the same year.
On the other hand, in the country, various consultations have been developed to learn the opinions of citizens regarding the legalization of weed. For example, the German Hemp Association carried out a survey asking participants if they agreed with the legalization of pot. The result showed that 49% of those surveyed said they were in favor of the legalization of cannabis. This survey was collected and disseminated by Bloomberg.
It should be noted that these advances Alemani has been making since about four years ago when the medicinal use of cannabis was legalized, an issue that was strange for the citizens of the country. However, today, the medicinal cannabis market has more than 100,000 patients.
Now can you grow marijuana in Germany?
If you want to grow cannabis at home, you can be detained as it is completely illegal and they will treat you as if you were a drug dealer even if you only grow for your own personal use. Despite the above and as the medical cannabis market is regulated, you can apply with your company for a medical license to grow industrial-type cannabis for the pharmaceutical industry.
What about medical cannabis?
In 2017, the marking of medicinal cannabis was regularized in Germany and today, it is the most powerful and organized on the European continent. In 2017, there were more than 1000 licenses for medicinal weed patients. This number grew to 40,000 in 2018 and as we said, the market has more than 100,000 patients today. In addition, it must be added that more than 2/3 of the insurance companies of Germany offer services and insurance for medicinal cannabis users.
Obstacles for medicinal cannabis users
Doctors do not believe in the power of medicinal cannabis and tend to be suspicious, so they write few prescriptions because they are skeptical about the medicinal effects of pot and they still believe that its use is seen as taboo. There are still insurers that do not consider the use of medicinal cannabis in their plans which is why many patients do not have coverage for their treatment with medicinal marijuana. In addition, the high cost of accessing medicinal cannabis must be considered because the German Health Fund only ensures access to drugs in general and to weed buds, therefore its cost is high.
A possible legalization of cannabis for adult use could solve this problem and that would eliminate the existing obstacles, especially the high cost for medicinal users that makes it practically impossible to use. This has been demanded for a long time and it was hoped that the 2017 law would better solve these types of problems. However, the years have passed and many patients still do not see a solution for their treatments.
What about hemp in Germany?
In 1982, hemp was declared completely illegal in Germany. Then, in 1996, hemp was allowed to be grown legally again due to protests from local farmers, activists, and enthusiasts. Since 1996, hemp crops have fluctuated. For example, in that year, 3,500 hectares were cultivated. In 2011, production fell radically, however, in recent years the market managed to rebound, placing Germany in a promising fifth place among the most important producers in all of Europe.
Benefits of the legalization of cannabis
Returning to the new policy that would allow the legalization of cannabis, this one also brings changes to other markets such as alcohol and nicotine because it is intended to generate a stricter legalization for these two legal and socially adopted drugs in addition to a consumption prevention plan both for children, adolescents, and pregnant women in order to support the well-being and health of the German population.
The politicians who promote the legalization of marijuana point out that this drug policy was adopted not with the purpose of generating more income for the country’s fiscal coffers, although this will be one of its great effects. On the contrary, it seeks to legalize weed for purposes of public health and to protect German citizens from other scourges such as drug trafficking, promoting public safety within the nation.
What do the German authorities say and what happens in Europe?
Despite how positive this new regulation sounds, there are detractors within Germany who refuse to legalize pot. Among them are the different police unions within Germany. This rejection is based on fears and ignorance such as drivers getting high while driving their car through the streets of Germany, generating a wave of accidents throughout the country.
For its part, the neighboring country of Luxembourg also joins the green fever of the weed as the ministers of Justice and National Security released a legalization proposal last month which will still require a vote in Parliament, but is expected to be approved. At this time, legalizing self-cultivation at home is being promoted and a vote will be taken at the beginning of 2022.
Which strain of marijuana is the best to grow in Germany and what is the best season?
First of all, we must point out that it is necessary to know some fundamental information before recommending an ideal strain for cultivation in Germany so that you have an incredible experience and can produce heavy yields.
The ideal season for growing marijuana outdoors is summer because the days tend to be longer and warmer with temperatures averaging between 22ºC – 26ºC. The perfect months are from May to September where plants reach large sizes and also produce heavy yields. During the summer growing months, the rains in each area of Germany should be taken into account, especially in June. For this reason, it is good to protect your plants from possible rainfall.
Advancing with the cultivation in August, you will realize that the plants receive less light because they are reduced. You defoliate to remove the unwanted leaves and help the plant receive the most light.
When September arrives, it is necessary that you be careful with the smell of your plants because they will begin to release the exquisite and strong aromas that they are known for. The buds also become heavier, so it is likely that you will need to add some support for the side branches as some branches can become very heavy. Another important point is that autumn begins to arrive and with that some rains, therefore you must use a tarp or plastic to cover the plants and prevent water from affecting the final harvest.
Arriving at the end of September and beginning of October, the harvest season of your weed plants begins as most varieties finish their flowering process in these months. Those longer flowering cannabis plants can take until the end of October or even the beginning of November. For this reason, pay attention and carefully write down the dates in a note on your cell phone or in a notebook so you know when the flora is mature. Here, we recommend 3 of the best and fastest cannabis genetics for the German climate so that you can harvest large and productive plants.
1- Grizzly Purple Kush
Grizzly Purple Kush is one of our genetic stars and is characterized as a robust plant with heavy yields as well as its high production. Outdoors, you can harvest 500gr – 600gr/plant and indoors, 550gr/m2. This hybrid variety has sweet and floral flavors, highlighting an aftertaste of humid earth.
We want to highlight that the flowering of Grizzly Purple Kush is super fast and indoors, it will only take 55 – 65 days of flowering. Outdoor farmers can harvest from mid to late September, therefore, if you live in Germany, you will have your plants ready to harvest before autumn begins.
2- Santa Muerte Fast Blooming.
Santa Muerte Fast Blooming is our fast version of the mythical Santa Muerte. This variety includes all the qualities of its mother and also adds a unique speed in flowering, making it possible to harvest at the end of September and allowing gardeners avoid damaging or losing their harvest with the first autumn rains.
This Fast Blooming version can be harvested outdoors after 50 – 55 days of flowering which makes it one of the fastest sativa genetics and ensures harvests of 500 – 550 gr/plant for an outdoor gardener. The punch is still as euphoric, mental, and social as the classic feminized version with THC levels of 17% – 20% and fruity, herbal, and woody flavors.
3- Power Plant Fast Version.
Power Plant Fast Version is our unique version of this classic cannabis strain with super short flowering. Indoors, it takes 6 – 8 weeks of flowering and for outdoor gardeners, it is ready to be harvested in mid to end of September.
Another important detail is that the harvests are great and range from 400gr – 600gr / plant outdoors and 400gr – 550gr / m2 for indoor breeders. Therefore, production and speed is assured to avoid problems with humidity and fungi.
It seems that everything will become greener in Germany, so start looking for the best cannabis seeds Blimburn Seeds has to offer! Remember that we can ship to all of Europe as well as the USA and Canada.