DB Cargo 'goods belong on rails'

DB Cargo takes the highway with legalised cannabis in Germany

DB Cargo: 'goods belong on rails'Esther Geerts | Promedia

Germany is to undertake a real green transition as the trains of DB Cargo might be transporting cannabis once it is legalised in Germany. It posted a picture of a train with the words: “Germany after the cannabis legalisation. With us you can take a big train.”

Germany wants to make it legal for adults to buy and carry up to 30g of cannabis for recreational use and to privately grow up to three plants. This was announced by the country’s health minister Karl Lauterbach on Wednesday 26 October. The new law still needs to be approved by the EU, but it would follow legislation in neighboring country the Netherlands.

Cannabis on the train?

The transportation of cannabis is a delicate matter, most notably because of the safety concerns. ManifestSeven, a cannabis platform that used to operate in the US explained in Food Logistics that because cannabis is coveted cargo, it exposes the transporter to theft more than other industrie. For example, it cannot be left unattended overnight.

However, there is little record of the transportation of cannabis by train in countries and states where this is legalised. Most logically, the last mile is carried out by trucks, and the long haul by sea shipping, as the countries of origin are overseas. DB Cargo the Netherlands said it does not transport cannabis.

High cubes and rolling stock

The Twitter post by DB Cargo saw many positive and humorous responses. “Are they all high cube containers?” asked @Michael_TC_5, to which DB Cargo responded: “After too many puffs they are usually pretty flat.” To another question about a possible free delivery, DB Cargo responded: “Anywhere you can roll well.”

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Author: Majorie van Leijen

Majorie van Leijen is the editor-in-chief of RailFreight.com, the online magazine for rail freight professionals.

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