Cannabis in Luxembourg

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Cannabis in Luxembourg is illegal for recreational use, but possession of personal amounts is decriminalized, and medical use has been legalized. Prosecution depends on the amount of cannabis one possesses. Since 2001, prison penalty has been substituted by a monetary fine ranging from 250 to 2,500 euros.[1]

Decriminalization[edit]

In April 2001, Luxembourg updated its prior 1973 law, and reclassified cannabis as a Category B controlled substance, meriting only a fine for a first offense, effectively decriminalizing personal possession.[2][3]

In November 2018, the government announced that it would legalise the recreational use of cannabis, though an exact timetable has yet to be defined.[4]

Medical cannabis[edit]

In November 2017, the Minister of Health announced a two-year pilot program under which Luxembourgers would be able to obtain cannabis extracts and cannabinoids for medical purposes.[5][6]

In June 2018, lawmakers unanimously approved a bill to legalize the medical use of cannabis.[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Art. 7 and Art. 8 refer to the usage of narcotics" (PDF), Excerpt of the "Mémorial A" of the Luxembourgish legislation
  2. ^ Annual Report on the State of the Drugs Problem in the European Union (PDF). European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. 2011. p. 23. ISBN 978-92-9168-470-0. ISSN 1609-6150. Archived (PDF) from the original on 12 May 2019.
  3. ^ Bewley-Taylor, David R. (2012). International Drug Control: Consensus Fractured. Cambridge University Press. pp. 175–. doi:10.1017/CBO9781139057424. ISBN 978-1-107-01497-8.
  4. ^ Lambert, Yannick; Pritchard, Heledd (29 November 2018). "Cannabis to be made legal for recreational use in Luxembourg". Luxembourg Times.
  5. ^ Damiani, Claude (2 January 2018). "Cannabis médical : l'exemple de l'Allemagne" [Medical cannabis: the example of Germany]. Le Quotidien (in French). Archived from the original on 19 January 2018.
  6. ^ Huberty, Martine (8 November 2017). "Cannabis for Medicinal Purposes Pilot Project". Delano. Maison Moderne. Archived from the original on 31 March 2018.
  7. ^ Pritchard, Heledd (29 June 2018). "Cannabis for medical use legalised in Luxembourg". Luxembourg Times. Archived from the original on 29 June 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  8. ^ Tharoor, Avinash (29 June 2018). "Luxembourg Is Latest EU Country to Legalise Medical Cannabis". Talking Drugs. Release. Archived from the original on 30 May 2019. Retrieved 8 July 2018.