Cannabis is set to become legal in Germany on April 1st. Health Minister Karl Lauterbach sees his plan threatened by the states.

The states have a lot to criticize about the law, the current point of contention: the amnesty rule. The law stipulates that prison sentences or fines that have already been imposed for cannabis offenses that will no longer be punishable under the law in the future should be waived when it comes into force. The German Association of Judges said that the lower figures mentioned only represented a small part of the actual effort.