Germany’s Health Minister Loses Funding Until He Crafts Cannabis Legislation

December21, 2022from RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland

In order to urge Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) to act quickly on cannabis release, the budget politicians of the traffic light coalition have blocked funds. Because there is still no draft law, this now has consequences for Lauterbach.

It was an unusual process: In the budget consultations for 2022, the budget politicians of the traffic light coalition put Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) under heavy pressure: They decided to block an amount of one million euros for the public relations work of the ministry until Lauterbach presents a bill for the legalization of cannabis agreed in the coalition agreement. The reason for this approach: The coalition partners had the impression that Lauterbach did not actually want the release and was therefore trying to delay the project.

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