By / December 4, 2023

Luxembourg’s New Government Will Not Fully Legalize Cannabis

The new coalition government in Luxembourg will not fully implement the original plan to legalize cannabis. The alliance, consisting of the Christian Social People’s Party (CSV) and the Democratic Party, has decided to maintain the initial “light” legalization phase, with the decriminalization of cannabis consumption and regulation of home cultivation for adults. However, the full legalization of cannabis production and sale will not proceed.

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Initial Legalization Phase: Decriminalization and Home Cultivation

The first phase of legalization, focusing on the decriminalization of public possession and the authorization of home cannabis cultivation, was successfully approved this year. Luxembourg residents are now allowed to possess up to three grams of cannabis in public, and each household can grow up to four plants for personal use.

Abandoning Full Legalization Plans

However, the second part of the plan, which aimed to legalize the purchase and sale of cannabis for recreational purposes, has been abandoned by the new coalition government, aligning with the recently approved coalition agreement.

The first part of legalization was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and legal concerns within the European Union. The decision to split the project into two parts enabled the approval of the initial phase.

The coalition agreement now emphasizes the government’s commitment to maintaining the legalization of home cultivation while recognizing the importance of observing the positions of neighboring countries on full cannabis legalization. The agreement highlights that while personal cultivation remains legal, full legalization will not be pursued.

Reasons for Halting Commercial Legalization

The decision not to move forward with the commercial aspects of cannabis legalization has led some to question the reasons behind this choice. The new coalition does not see the necessity of taking this step.

Advancements in neighboring Germany, with a two-phase legalization process, might eventually influence Luxembourg to consider full legalization.

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