An increasing number of German Jews are utilizing their restored citizenship to return to their ancestral homeland and work in the German cannabis industry.
Following WWII, American federal government money flowed into cannabis study in Israel while similar attempts were prohibited both in the U.S. and Germany.
Because of this, Israel, during the latter portion of the previous century and more during the past two decades, has been the most innovative medical cannabis market, because of the prosperity of cannabinoid science developed in the country.
Fast forward eighty plus years following the conclusion of the war, and things really have shifted Germany. After mandating that medical marijuana be paid under public health insurance in 2017, Germany is now the third largest legal cannabis country and the biggest medical marijuana market in the world. And Jews, especially from Israel, the U.S. and Britain, are also attempting to return to work in the now expanding German cannabis industry.
Beyond cannabis reform, there’s another reason for its interest from the industry for the Jewish community. There is a special law in Germany, enshrined in the so-called “Basic Law” since 1949, that restores German citizenship of people who have fled, as well as their descendants.
For Jews, this is a massive opportunity to pursue an industry from the land of their ancestors that Israel, up to now, has built internationally since the end of WWII. Except that up until today, that travel has been difficult for reasons that have nothing to do with the cannabis industry.
Germans have been excluded from the first marijuana cultivation tender to grow and process marijuana in Germany since 2017. Also, Israel was prohibited from importing marijuana into the country. On top of that, as started to be more apparent after Brexit in 2016, many if not most individuals who applied for restitution of citizenship rights under the German repatriation law, were denied the same by German authorities and for an assortment of reasons that also potentially violate EU human rights legislation.
Basically, Jews were nearly completely and systematically being kept from an industry which they had helped pioneer in a country which had prohibited both them and the medication during the Third Reich.
Meanwhile, Jews, especially from Israel, started finding ways to get involved in the German cannabis industry, particularly by establishing cannabis businesses in Eastern Europe and partnering with Jews currently living in Germany, especially in Berlin. However the majority of these Jews aren’t descendants of Germans, but rather Russians, who had been allowed into Germany during the pogroms in the 1980’s from the former Soviet Union.
Regardless of the growing interest, there’s a massive demand for a stronger German cannabis industry, by putting pressure on governments to continue to modify legislation, to science and education beyond the actual production and distribution of cannabis.
Currently, despite their small numbers, Jews exist in the German cannabis industry or are attached to it, and not only in Berlin. There is a real interest and opportunity now that will continue to attract them.
Jews are returning to claim their ancestral homeland, in addition to their rightful places in one of the most fascinating”new” businesses on Earth at the moment, in a country which displaced if not murdered their ancestors. Life can be ironic!