Germany’s Dangerous Legalization of Cannabis

Cannabis supporters march with a giant mock joint reading “Legalization” past the Reichstag building in the annual Hemp Parade on August 12, 2023 in Berlin, Germany.
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Germany’s Dangerous Legalization of Cannabis

The use of cannabis will be legal in Germany starting April 1. The complex new law, passed on February 23, opens the door for a nation addicted to drugs.

“Nobody should misunderstand this law,” said German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach, who initiated the legalization. “Cannabis consumption is being legalized, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous.” This confusing statement sums up the new law, but the dangers are far greater than most expect.

The law allows those 18 and older to possess up to 25 grams of cannabis in public spaces and 50 grams at home and to grow three female marijuana plants. Additional restrictions are meant to protect the youth from consuming and purchasing it.

“The legalization of cannabis leads to more consumption and trivializes the associated risks,” Klaus Reinhardt, president of the German Medical Association, warned before the vote. “Cannabis can be addictive and cause serious developmental damage. This country does not need cannabis legalization.”

Simone Borchardt of the conservative opposition told members of parliament that the government had gone ahead with its “completely unnecessary, confused law” regardless of warnings from doctors, police and psychotherapists.

Consider the grave dangers. and other German news outlets warned last year: “Regularly Smoking Weed Can Lead to Schizophrenia.” The articles referenced a study published by Psychological Medicine in 2023, which showed that up to 30 percent of cases of schizophrenia in men ages 21 to 30 could have been prevented if they had avoided cannabis use.

Drug use, depression, severe anxiety and schizophrenia are all linked to violence and suicide.

A Review of Cases of Marijuana and Violence” states: “According to research studies, marijuana use causes aggressive behavior, causes or exacerbates psychosis, and produces paranoia.”

Once a nation becomes addicted, it is hard to ban it again. And marijuana use often leads users to heavier drugs. Legalizing cannabis is a dangerous experiment that will lead Germany into a dangerous new age.

A recent example highlights how drugs can lead to unprecedented violence. The Jerusalem Post reported last year that Israeli forces found Captagon pills on several Hamas terrorists after they were killed. These terrorists butchered Israelis and even beheaded babies on October 7. Captagon no doubt helped facilitate the unfathomable evil.

Captagon is reportedly becoming more widespread in Germany. It was first produced in the 1960s by the German pharmaceutical firm Degussa, a company that helped produce the cyanide-based pesticide Zyklon B used in the gas chambers of concentration camps.

Germany has a history with drugs and warfare. Der Spiegel explained in 2013: “Crystal meth has become famous from television as well as the way it has ravaged numerous communities across the world. But few know that the drug can trace its origins back to Germany.” In 1938, the German company Temmler Werke distributed Pervitin, or as Der Spiegel called it, “crystal meth’s German uncle.” The methamphetamine was first sold as an “alertness aid” to the public and then distributed to soldiers on the front.

Methamphetamines are making a comeback in Germany. A government report published October 25 found a new trend toward European production of methamphetamine and crystal meth and the import of large-scale shipments from Mexico.

If history is our teacher, the legal and illegal use of drugs should be one of the most alarming trends to watch. Bible prophecy has a specific warning for the German people.

The book of Daniel is exclusively for the end time (Daniel 12:4, 9). Together with the book of Revelation, it warns of a German military leader who will follow on the heels of Adolf Hitler in “the latter time.” (Request A Strong German Leader Is Imminent and Daniel Unlocks Revelation, by Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry.)

Daniel 8:23 warns: “And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.” Daniel 11:21 prophesies that this man will come in by “flatteries.”

Could Germany’s legalization of cannabis help pave the way for this leader by weakening the minds of the German people and preparing them for acts of violence? This trend must be watched closely.