Will German cannabis legalization survive amid a Russian winter? With Russia controlling natural gas supplies, Germany is in an energy crisis. Does this drop cannabis legalization down the list of priorities? To the point, we won’t see legalization in Germany for at least another year?
If German families can’t keep the lights on this winter, the heat will turn up at the German Bundestag when their furnaces go out. We understand putting cannabis legalization on the back burner. But Germany shouldn’t. For hemp biodiesel may be a solution.
Cannabis in Germany Amid a Russian Winter
Germans can blame their politicians if they can’t legally smoke cannabis to take the edge off a Russian winter.
Germany, which has famously shut down its clean and efficient nuclear power for less efficient wind energy, is now at the mercy of Putin’s Russia.
(Something Trump predicted. German politicians laughed at him, and he was “fact-checked” by the corporate press as incorrect.)
Interestingly, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz visited Canada recently and met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Of course, Scholz came looking for oil and natural gas – which Canada has plenty that Trudeau refuses to develop – and was sold a bill of goods on Newfoundland’s not-even-remotely-ready wind hydrocarbon farm.
But what if Justin Trudeau liberalized cannabis in 2015 instead of corporatizing it in 2018? It’s possible Canadians would have the means to supply Germany.
A liberal cannabis market will produce more excess cannabis and hemp waste than the current regime, which already makes a lot. However, without bureaucrats breathing down their necks, entrepreneurs can transform excess cannabis into biodiesel.
Canada already has oil and gas for Germany, but surely, Trudeau considers hemp biodiesel “green?”
The selling feature of hemp biodiesel is that it doesn’t require a complete overhaul of our consumer goods and supply chains.
Any diesel car can run on hemp biodiesel.
A fleet of German houses and apartments hooked up to diesel generators may not be a long-term solution, but it at least gets them through the winter.
What Olaf Scholz is Doing Instead
Borrow and spend billions! Tax the rich!
To keep his promise of normalcy, which includes a legal cannabis market in 2023, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is taxing and spending his way out of a Russian winter.
His government introduced a €65 billion bailout bill for consumers. They’re also going to tax the profits of energy producers.
And not only natural gas producers.
Scholz told the press his government would tax power companies “that don’t have such high production costs and give them back to the citizens.”
German energy giants have been critical of the proposal.
Spokesperson Leif Erichsen of E.ON told the media, “Our sales business is pure margin business, we have to pass on higher procurement costs to our customers at some point… To put it bluntly, we’re doing well economically but we’re not benefiting from higher energy prices.”
Cannabis Legalization in Germany Amid a Russian Winter?
So far, there hasn’t been any indication that Scholz is putting cannabis legalization on the back burner because of Germany’s energy crisis.
German politicians are trying to keep up the appearance of normalcy. Business as usual. Nothing to see here. Move along.
But actions speak louder than words.
If Germany wasn’t facing this energy crisis, don’t you think Scholz and Trudeau would have discussed cannabis when Scholz was visiting?
Canadian cannabis companies are active in Germany. Canada is a top supplier of medical cannabis to Germany.
And the international cannabis market is a multibillion-dollar industry. Yet, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that cannabis was not among the topics discussed.
And that’s a shame. Because even with Canada’s strict corporate regime, we still have abundant supplies and usually destroy excess inventory.
It’s not hard to convert cannabis and hemp into biodiesel. It doesn’t take an entire overhaul of the energy supply chain. And it doesn’t require supporting regimes like Russia or Saudi Arabia.
Between the ideal growing conditions in the United States and Australia, we have enough landmass in the West alone to supply the world with hemp energy for centuries.
What the hell are we waiting for?