Luxembourg to Legalize Personal Cannabis Cultivation
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Adults in Luxembourg will be allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants for personal use when the European country legalizes recreational use of the drug.
The country has been preparing some form of recreational legalization since 2018.
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In an announcement on Friday, October 22, the Luxembourg government detailed new legislation which would allow those aged 18 and over to legally grow four cannabis plants on their property for personal use.
Seed retail will also be permitted, along with seed importation from other countries.
A vote in Luxembourg’s parliament is still needed to confirm the new policies, but the plans have the backing of the governing coalition.
Speaking to the Guardian, justice minister Sam Tanson explained that the government “thought [it] had to act.”
“We want to start by allowing people to grow it at home. The idea is that a consumer is not in an illegal situation if he consumes cannabis and that we don’t support the whole illegal chain from production to transportation to selling where there is a lot of misery attached. We want to do everything we can to get more and more away from the illegal black market.”
While home growing will be legalized, the possession and sale of cannabis (other than seeds) will apparently remain illegal. However, those found with less than three grams of cannabis will be exempt from criminal charges. Instead, a €25-€500 fine will likely be issued.
Luxembourg officials revealed their preliminary plans for recreational legalization back in November 2018during a press conference held by the three coalition parties.
Luxembourg legalized medical cannabis in June 2018 and now has at least 250 doctors trained to prescribe the medication.
Following a research trip to Canada in May 2019 to discuss legalization with government officials, the health minister and justice minister said that Luxembourg will have a similar public health-led model for recreational cannabis.
“We can learn from other countries' experiences and avoid mistakes [in Luxembourg] from the outset,” explained the ministers in their official report following their trip to Canada.