CULTURE / Luxembourg to be first EU country to fully legalise cannabis

Luxembourg Cannabis
posted 02 December 2018 09:03am updated 02 December 2018 10:13am

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During a press conference held by the three coalition parties – Democratic Party (DP), Luxembourg Socialist Workers' Party (LSAP) and The Greens (déi gréng) – political leaders said the drug will be legalised.

It will also be commercially distributed, as was confirmed by deputy prime minister Etienne Schneider, speaking to Luxembourg Times.


Although Cannabis has been decriminalized and tolerated in many EU countries such as Amsterdam, Spain, and some relaxed laws in parts of the UK, Luxembourg will be the first EU country to legalise Cannabis for recreational use.

The Netherlands has a policy of toleration regarding soft drugs. This means that the sale of soft drugs in coffee shops is a criminal offence but the Public Prosecution Service does not prosecute coffee shops for this offence.

Neither does the Public Prosecution Service prosecute members of the public for possession of small quantities of soft drugs. These quantities are defined as no more than 5 grams of cannabis (marijuana or hash) and no more than 5 cannabis plants.

Although the drug will be legalised, only residents will be able to make a purchase, following a similar guidelines to Canada, and Uruguay.

Luxembourg is a small European country, surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany. It’s mostly rural, with dense Ardennes forest and nature parks in the north, rocky gorges of the Mullerthal region in the east and the Moselle river valley in the southeast. Its capital, Luxembourg City, is famed for its fortified medieval old town perched on sheer cliffs.

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