After the September elections in Germany, Angela Merkel’s long-lived Christian-Democrat government was succeeded by a new coalition government. The chancellor’s direct successor - Social Democrat Olaf Scholz - has formed a coalition with the progressive Green Party and the pro-business Free Democrats.
This new coalition has discussed the proposal for a regulated market for consumption and sale of marijuana, says Forbes. A more progressive drug policy, pertaining to regulated and taxed dispensaries, quality control, and effective youth protection laws. This discussion had started immediately after the September elections but was negotiated in strict confidentiality.