Marijuana possession in Germany is illegal. However, it is deemed to be a lesser drug than heroin or cocaine, according to the Annexes of the German Narcotics Act. As marijuana features under Annex III of the Narcotics Act, there is more leeway as regards marijuana possession in comparison with harder drugs. However, the sale, distribution and growth of marijuana are illegal. If a case is brought to court and the defendant is found guilty of marijuana offences, they can face a fine or even imprisonment.
However, as stated, there is some leeway since marijuana is considered a lower-level drug than other “harder” substances. According to § 31a German Narcotics Act, criminal action can be discontinued for an “insignificant amount” used for personal purposes.
This “not insignificant amount” varies in the different states of Germany, and we will outline this in this article. Cases can also be dropped where no “public interest” exists in pursuing the case. Therefore, steps such as personal consumption by an individual may not be considered in the “public interest”. In contrast, the sale and distribution of the substance will be more likely seen as a potential offence. However, there are plans in place regarding how the government will legalise marijuana in Germany in the coming years.
“Insignificant amounts” for personal purposes varies between the different states in Germany; however, it may not be applicable in all cases. Essentially, the authorities will decide whether to bring further action, even if you have a small amount of marijuana in your possession. The values listed here apply to the weight of the product as opposed to the THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) value and refer to the amounts allowed for in the different states: