Luxembourg has finally begun implementing legislation that legalized the possession, use and personal cultivation of marijuana. Advanced by the Luxembourg parliament last month, the marijuana legalization bill took effect last week and makes Luxembourg the second nation in the European Uniont to end the era of marijuana prohibition after Malta.
The bill advanced via a 38 to 22 vote about two year after lawmakers first proposed the idea of ending cannabis prohibition. The ministers of Homeland Security and Justice tabled the legalization bill in 2021, setting the stage for marijuana legalization in the country. Justice Minister Sam Tanson said at the time that the idea of the legislation was to decriminalize cannabis consumption while attracting consumers and revenue away from the illicit cannabis market.
The legislation allows adults to possess up to three grams of marijuana and cultivate up to four plants in a secure, private location at their homes. It also outlines penalties for exceeding allowable cannabis cultivation and possession limits, with people found possessing over three grams of cannabis being subject to a prison sentence of up to six months. Under the cannabis legalization bill, adults are also prohibited from consuming cannabis products in public.
The Ministry of Health has also launched a website to educate the public about the recent changes to the country’s cannabis policies and the reasons behind the policy change. It provides basic information on cannabis and outlines the rules and regulations involved in home cultivation.
For instance, the website notes that marijuana seeds meant for home cultivation will not be considered narcotics anymore and can be purchased online or in physical shops. According to the website, the cannabis legalization bill is the first step in a pilot project to expand access to recreational cannabis in the country. The website also explained that by passing policies to regulate home cultivation, the government wants to regulate cannabis consumption in the country while reducing the risks and harms associated with the cannabis market.
As the June debate drew to a close, Tanson argued that the war against cannabis in the country is an “absolute failure,” a sentiment echoed by lawmakers and drug reformists in several other territories. In the wake of this failure, Tanson said, lawmakers and regulators have to consider another path and seek better solutions.
She also said that the legislation was created with a crime-prevention and risk-reduction approach, allowing adults to plant and consume cannabis within the privacy of their homes while outlining consequences for taking part in cannabis-related activities that are still prohibited such as public possession, transportation and consumption of cannabis.
This legalization of cannabis in Luxembourg is likely to open additional market opportunities for enterprises akin to Advanced Container Technologies Inc. (OTC: ACTX), which supply the equipment that growers need to get a bountiful harvest of indoor-grown marijuana.
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