But only for personal use: Luxembourg approves the cultivation of cannabis

But only for personal use
Luxembourg approves cannabis cultivation

Cannabis has been tolerated in the Netherlands for many years. Now neighboring Luxembourg is also liberalizing its drug policy. In the future, cannabis may be grown for personal use. Possession and consumption in public, however, remain prohibited.

In future, cannabis may be grown in Luxembourg on a smaller scale for personal use. This emerges from a package of measures by the Luxembourg government to combat drug-related crime that was presented today. Accordingly, up to four cannabis plants will be allowed at home and per household in the future. However, the possession and use of cannabis in public remain prohibited.

The government coalition in Luxembourg has been pursuing plans for some time to legalize the cultivation, sale and consumption of cannabis for personal use. According to the EU Monitoring Center for Drugs, based in Lisbon, Luxembourg would be a pioneer in Europe with such far-reaching regulations. Cannabis is also only tolerated in the Netherlands.

The implementation of the plans in Luxembourg is a long time coming, the government cites the corona pandemic as one of the reasons for the delay. According to the government, the package now presented with 27 individual measures is aimed at the current situation. For example, simplified criminal law should apply to the possession and purchase of up to three grams of cannabis. The scope of the fines provided for this is to be reduced from currently 251 to 2500 euros to 25 to 500 euros. Among other things, an increased police presence and body cameras for police officers or a drug prevention concept for schools are planned.

In Germany, the debate about the legalization of cannabis had recently picked up speed against the background of exploratory talks for a possible traffic light coalition. FDP and Greens are in favor of legalizing cannabis and “selling it in licensed specialty shops”.

The SPD, on the other hand, advocates a “regulated charge” to adults initially in model projects that are accompanied by prevention and counseling offers. In the result paper of the explorations, which is the basis for the coalition negotiations between the parties, the issue does not play a role.

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