5 facts about cannabis laws in Germany - DW (English)Sunday, March 3, 2019
THC). But, ultimately, the states have the final say. While most allow for possession of up to 6 grams (0.2 ounces), some, like North-Rhine Westphalia allow for up to 10 grams. Berlin, a city-state, shows flexibility for up to 15 grams. 3. Number of pot smokers on the rise While reliable statistics on pot smoking remain elusive, several surveys in recent years point to an overall rise in the number of people getting high. In 2014, the Federal Center for Health Education interviewed some 7,000 Germans ages 12 to 25 about their pot habits. It found that nearly 18 percent of 18 to 25-year-olds surveyed had smoked pot at least once over the past year, up from 11.6 percent in 2008. Roughly 5 percent reported using the drug regularly. Despite tough punishments for possession of narcotics, lighting up a joint is too minor an offense for criminal prosecution Among 18 to 25-year-olds, consumption rose among men from almost 15 percent to 24 percent and among women from 8 percent to 11 percent between 2008 and 2015. Some 8 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 reported they had smoked at least once over the past year. The study found that more than 2 percent used the drug regularly. 4. Medical marijuana is legal Medical marijuana became legal in March 2017. Prior to the laws passage, an estimated 1,000 patients across the country had received special permission to use the drug for medical treatment. According to the pharmaceutical publication Deutsche Apotheker Zeitung, the number of patients receiving prescriptions has risen steadily since last year. Drug stores filled over 5,000 orders in the first four months of the year, with June booking some 2,213 prescriptions. Pharmacists prepared an estimated 10,600 remedies containing cannabis or unprocessed cannabis flowers. A further 12,500 finished medical products containing cannabis or cannabis extract were distributed. Despite the statistics available on prescriptions, the newspaper noted that it was not possible to assess how many people had benefited from the law. 5. Who wants to legalize cannabis? With consumption on the rise and Germanys law enforcement needed for more pressing security issues, politicians favoring decriminalization are taking aim at cannabis prohibition once again. The neoliberal FDP joined forces in February with both the Green Party and the Left Party to call attention back to what it says is an outdated and dangerous attitude toward marijuana. Pointing to the widespread use of the drug by at least 4 million Germans, says the FDP the trio want the government to legalize regulation of cannabis for private consumption. This, they say, would protect adult consumers from a product laced with other harmful chemicals. FDP, Green and Left lawmakers want to bring the legalization debate back to parliament They also argue that buying pot on the black market not only stigmatizes ordinary citizens preventing them from seeking help if they need it but also increases the odds that they will buy harder drugs. Introducing cannabis shops would eliminate this risk and prevent minors from buying pot. The trade union representing Germany's criminologists has echoed these calls, describing the current law as "neither intelligent, nor constructive." Ang...http://www.dw.com/en/5-facts-about-cannabis-laws-in-germany/a-42709969
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer: Merkel's 'mini-me' with a twist - FRANCE 24Sunday, March 3, 2019
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Best known to Germans as "AKK", the even-tempered and unpretentious Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer is so used to being compared to her mentor Chancellor Angela Merkel that she is unfazed by her "mini-Merkel" nickname.But the newly elected leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, replacing Merkel after 18 years, is the first to say she is no carbon copy of her famous predecessor.Widely seen as the chancellor's chosen heir, AKK has promised to stick closely to Merkel's centrist course, insisting that the weakened CDU needs to position itself as "the people's party in the middle".Yet the devout Catholic and mum-of-three is more conservative on social issues like gay marriage, and has vowed a tougher line on migration as the party seeks to woo back voters lost to the far-right."I have my own mind and that has led to conflict with Angela Merkel," the 56-year-old recently told the Frankfurter Allgemeine daily."But I'm not about to art...https://www.france24.com/en/20181207-annegret-kramp-karrenbauer-merkels-mini-me-with-twist
Berlins's IBeB Cooperative Housing Created Community from the Ground-Up - Metropolis MagazineSunday, March 3, 2019
They coalesce and act as a developer, securing land, commissioning an architect, and eventually moving into the multi-unit complex. Courtesy Andrew Alberts
Its impossible to build in Berlin without getting an earful of history, architectural and otherwise, though some sites come with more chatter than others.
Located at one of Berlins noisier spots is a cooperative housing project thats catchily titled Integratives Bauprojekt am ehemaligen Blumengroßmarkt, which roughly translates to integrative construction project at the former Berlin flower market. (Its better known as IBeB.) Designed by a partnership of local architects ifau and Heide & Von Beckerath, it directly faces Daniel Libeskinds Jewish Museum (itself attached to the Baroque former Berlin Museum) and finds itself amid a smattering of Berlin classics: Hejduks Kreuzberg Tower, the golden Axel-Springer-Hochhaus, 1970s social housing, 19th-century Gründerzeit blocks, and Sauerbruch Huttons GSW headquarters.
While the construction of a large housing development at such a centrally located and historically loaded neighborhood is surprising and inspiring, even more impressive are the politics and design collaboration that made it possible.
Usually architects are working on projects which come to them, but here it...https://www.metropolismag.com/architecture/ibeb-cooperative-housing-berlin-ifau-heide-von-beckerath/
2 dead, more than a dozen injured after trains collide in Germany - New York Post Sunday, March 3, 2019
BERLIN Authorities say two people have died and 14 have been injured after a passenger train hit a stationary cargo train in southern Germany late Monday.
Police said those killed were the driver of the passenger train and a female passenger. One of the injured is in a serious condition.
Markus Trieb, a spokesman for northern Swabia police, said Tuesday that the passenger train was traveling from Augsburg to Ingolstadt when it hit the cargo train near a station in the town of Aichach.
He said the driver of the cargo train was uninjured. Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.
In a separate incident in Bavaria, two people were killed Monday when a train hit their car at a crossing near Lake Starnberg.
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