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Özdemir: Many farmers are showing an interest in growing hemp

Status: December 26, 2021 10:58 a.m.

The traffic light parties want to legalize the sale of cannabis under certain conditions. According to Federal Agriculture Minister Özdemir, many farmers are showing an interest in growing hemp. But the CSU warns against legalization.

A “controlled sale for pleasure purposes” – with this objective, the traffic light parties have the legalization of cannabis in their coalition agreement codified. Many farmers hope that this will also bring profitable prospects, according to the new Federal Minister of Agriculture, Cem Özdemir.

“Many farmers are in the starting blocks to grow hemp,” said the Green politician in the “Bild am Sonntag”. He is sure that the cultivation of hemp will start as soon as the Bundestag has approved the legalization. So far, the cultivation of cannabis has been permitted in Germany if the plant is used for medicinal purposes.

The SPD, Greens and FDP want to change that in the future. If the Bundestag agrees, adults in Germany will be able to buy a certain amount of cannabis in certain “licensed” shops – legally and for their own enjoyment.

Traffic light promises more protection through more control

There are clear advantages for the new federal government and its agriculture minister: It is ensured that cannabis is sold in good quality, without contamination. In addition, legal sales serve to protect minors, since only citizens of legal age are entitled to purchase cannabis. And the planned legalization would take the pressure off the police, added Özdemir. They could then concentrate on taking action against the black market and the trade in hard drugs.

Holetschek fears a sinking inhibition threshold

In the old federal government, the debate about legalization failed mainly because of the Union. The majority of the CDU and CSU still reject the plans. For Bavaria’s Health Minister Klaus Holetschek, the green light for green sales threatens above all the risk that the inhibition threshold will sink and so more people will consume cannabis.

The traffic light parties threatened to take “all of the risks mentioned” with the sale for pleasure purposes, warned the CSU politician in an interview with the dpa news agency. In other words: the potential dependency of the consumer, the risks of mental illness and the negative effects on memory and on learning and thinking skills.

Reference-www.tagesschau.de

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