By / March 22, 2023

Europe Is Not Against the Legalization of Home Cannabis Cultivation

Germany and the Czech Republic are not the only European countries considering cannabis legalization. Although smaller, Luxembourg has also been working on regulating personal cannabis use since an announcement in 2018.

However, the country is seeking to comply with both European and international law, which, according to conservative interpretations, restricts the legalization of cultivation and/or consumption of cannabis for non-medical use.

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Europe and Cannabis Legalization

When contacted by the Luxembourg media outlet Le Quotidien, the European Commission told them that European law “prohibits the [non-medical] cultivation of the cannabis plant, but does not cover the personal use of the drug.

“It is, therefore, up to the Member States to decide how to deal with the legalization of personal use of drugs, including cannabis,” the Commission said.

The Luxembourg Council of State came to the same conclusion: “The draft law (…), insofar as it is limited to legalizing the cultivation of a number of plants for the sole purpose of personal consumption, under strict conditions (…), as opposed to extensive legalization, is (…) not contrary to European Union law.

The Luxembourg government intends to take advantage of this legalization possibility.

What Are the Risks of Legalization?

In its plan, Germany is also seeking to receive Europe’s non-agreement to its desire to legalize cannabis. If the intention seems honorable, the risks of a disagreement are non-existent, either at the European or international level.

Malta became the first European country to end cannabis prohibition without any sanctions, just as Uruguay and Canada legalized cannabis without legal consequences. The INCB, the international narcotics control body, simply recalls at regular intervals its pro-prohibition position and criticizes the countries or states that have adopted legal regulations of cannabis.

Luxembourg Plans Cannabis Experiment

For the complete legalization of cannabis beyond personal use, Luxembourg is already planning to set up a legalization experiment for scientific purposes, a device authorized by international conventions and already implemented in Switzerland with legalization pilot tests in some cities.

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