Growing cannabis for personal use is slated to become legal in Luxembourg, a first in the EU

Luxembourg will be the first country in Europe to allow home grown cannabis.

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For the first time in Europe, Luxembourg has passed legislation allowing residents over the age of 18 to legally grow up to four cannabis plants in their home or garden for personal use only.

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg joins only two other countries in the world – Uruguay and Canada – and 11 states in the US that have legalized the cultivation and distribution of cannabis.

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A European milestone

The Luxembourg government announced on Friday that the new legislation aims to address the problem of drug-related crime by fundamentally changing the country’s approach to the recreational use and cultivation of cannabis.

The decision of the small but financially strong European country to legalize the production and consumption of the drug is a milestone on the continent that even the Netherlands – which paradoxically allows the sale and consumption of cannabis in authorized “coffee houses”, owns their property and prohibit sales.

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“Luxembourg will tolerate cannabis culture,” blared the Luxemburger Wort, the country’s most important daily newspaper.

“A first in Europe! Justice and Homeland Security Ministers announced on Friday morning that every Luxembourg household can have four cannabis plants, ”the newspaper added.

Consumption will only be legal in the household, but the fines for owning a maximum of three grams in public will be reduced significantly from currently up to 2,500 euros to just 25 euros.

Selling cannabis seeds will also be possible in stores and online with no limit on the content of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive component of cannabis.

The more ambitious project of the current coalition government to decriminalize cannabis had been rejected several times in the past, according to local media, mainly due to international pressure.

Pave the way to state-regulated production

The official announcement was made on Friday by Attorney General Sam Tanson during a press conference aimed at reducing drug crime.

According to the minister, the new measures for domestic production and consumption are the first steps on the way to state-regulated production and distribution, the proceeds of which are used for addiction prevention, education and health care.

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This is “a first step in our project to legalize recreational cannabis,” said Tanson. Further measures will be taken in 2023.

“We thought we had to act,” she said. “We have a problem with drugs, and cannabis is the most widely used drug and a large part of the illicit market.

“We want to start with people being able to grow it at home. The idea is that when a user is using cannabis, they are not in an illegal situation and that we do not support the entire illegal chain from production to transport to sale where there is a lot of misery involved. We want to do everything we can to escape the illegal black market more and more. “

The law is still pending a vote in the House of Representatives and is expected to come into force in early 2022.

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