Drivers caught driving under the influence of cannabis will no longer automatically lose their driver's license. Experts have argued that cannabis users can still have their THC in their blood for days after consumption.
Offenders who are held up for the first time under the influence of cannabis no longer risk in Germany that their driving license will be withdrawn immediately. A federal court in Leipzig decided this Tuesday.
Instead, driving license authorities must first establish with a medical assessment whether the cannabis user was able to drive.
Under current legislation, a driver's license can be revoked if the driver is unable to drive due to the consumption of alcohol, cannabis or other drugs. With regard to cannabis, the law was already enforced on drivers who were caught with one nanogram per millimeter of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) - the main psychoactive compound in cannabis - in their bloodstream.
In 2015, a group of experts proposed a new limit of three nanograms per millimeter, arguing that a person may still have THC in the bloodstream after consuming cannabis.
However, the Federal Administrative Court of Leipzig then ruled (in contrast to last Tuesday) that the strict limit would remain the same.