Luxembourg has made history as the second European Union member nation to legalize cannabis possession and cultivation for personal use. The new law, approved with a 38-22 vote, allows adults in Luxembourg to possess up to three grams of cannabis for personal use. Additionally, citizens are permitted to grow up to four cannabis plants at home.
This significant step follows Luxembourg’s progressive approach to cannabis reform. The country decriminalized cannabis possession in 2001 and legalized medical cannabis in 2018. However, it wasn’t until October 2021 that cannabis cultivation for adults was legalized. The recent legislation solidifies the rules and personal possession limits, resolving the remaining issues that had delayed the implementation of the reforms.
While Luxembourg embraces the personal use of cannabis, it is important to note that public use and possession of the substance remain outlawed. Violations can result in fines ranging from $27 to $500. Furthermore, the law is yet to be published in the Official Gazette before it takes effect.
Despite the legalization of personal possession and cultivation, Luxembourg has not established legal channels for sales or social use of cannabis. However, there are indications that the government intends to create regulated systems for cannabis production and sales in the future.
Luxembourg’s move towards cannabis reform reflects a global trend of changing attitudes and recognition of the potential benefits associated with the substance. As more countries reconsider their approach to cannabis, they aim to implement responsible frameworks that prioritize public health and safety.
The recent legalization of cannabis possession and cultivation for personal use in Luxembourg sets a precedent within the European Union. It will be intriguing to observe how the implementation of these changes unfolds and the potential impact it may have on future cannabis policies across the continent.