In Brief: BVG plans changes to bus routes, cannabis consumption on the rise among young people

The BVG is making some changes to bus routes in Berlin. Cannabis consumption is on the rise among young people. Berlin is cracking down on the number of Spielhallen, or gambling halls in the city. Find out more in your KCRW Berlin News Brief.

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Cannabis consumption among young people in Germany is on the rise. According to the Federal Centre for Health Education, 22% of 18-25-year-olds said that they’d used cannabis at least once in the past 12 months.

That percent has about doubled compared to 10 years ago. The study also finds an increase in cannabis use among 12-17-year-olds. According to the findings, 8% in that age range said they’d used cannabis at least once in the past 12 months.

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Berlin is cracking down on the number of Spielhallen, or gambling halls in the city. Since the start of June, the Statistical Office for Berlin-Brandenburg has been monitoring if these Spielhallen are too concentrated in any one area. There must be at least 500 meters between halls. In the event two Spielhallen are found to be too close to one another, a software will help in deciding which one should close. The office is also monitoring whether these halls are at least 200 meters away from schools.

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The BVG plans to introduce a new bus line this summer that will likely be quite popular with tourists. The 300 bus will run between Warschauer Straße in Friedrichshain and the Berlin Philharmonie in Tiergarten. It will also pass by East Side Gallery, Alexanderplatz and Potsdamer Platz.

The BVG is also changing the route of the TXL airport bus. In the future, it won’t run as far as Alexanderplatz – instead it will run between Tegel and Hauptbahnhof. The change in route is due to traffic between the main train station and Alex – often the bus wasn’t able to stick to its schedule.

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