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Luxembourg Ends Cannabis Prohibition

As reported by Newsweed.fr

The Luxembourg deputies approved by a majority (38 deputies voted for, 22 against) a bill to legalise the cultivation and possession of cannabis at home for recreational purposes, subject to strict regulations.

The consumption, possession and cultivation of 4 cannabis plants, if they’re not visible from outside, is now legalised for adults in the home, however these remain outlawed in public.

The fine for possession of cannabis in public is reduced to between €25 and €500 for quantities up to three grams. If more than three grams, there will still be a risk of criminal prosecution for the time being, up to six months in prison or a fine of €2,500.

The law is expected to be published in the Official Gazette by the end of this week or early next week.

“The drug policy that we have been pursuing for 50 years has been a failure,” Justice Minister Sam Tanson (Déi Gréng) told the Chamber of Deputies.

“Seeds for domestic cultivation are not yet available in stores in Luxembourg, people will have to buy the seeds online or abroad”, notes the Ministry of Justice, specifying that it “checks whether the seeds are legally available in the country concerned”.

The authorisation of private cultivation and consumption in the private sphere should only be a “first step” on the way to a more complete approval of cannabis.

“The second step is to develop the chains of production and sale of cannabis controlled by the State,” said the rapporteur of the Judiciary Committee, Josée Lorsché. Points of sale are also planned in the longer term.

Luxembourg is the second country in the European Union to end cannabis prohibition after Malta in December 2021 .

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