Luxembourg became the first country in Europe to legalize the production and consumption of cannabis after its government announced it would allow adults to grow up to four cannabis plants at home.
The proposals come as part of a package of measures to tackle drug crime in the country and will allow hemp seeds to be sold in stores, imported or bought online.
There will still be a legal ban on the consumption and transportation of the drug in public, while the trade in cannabis products other than seeds will remain prohibited.
However, under the new schemes, anyone caught with small amounts of cannabis (less than three grams) would no longer face criminal offenses and could be charged from €25 (£21) to €500 (£423). There will be fine in between. Around €2,500 (£2,115) earlier.
Luxembourg’s coalition-led government previously agreed in 2018 to work towards “exemption from punishment or even legalization” of cannabis produced in the territory.
On Friday, Justice Minister Sam Tanson said the move was aimed at curbing the illegal market for cannabis products in the country by allowing lower levels of personal consumption at home.
“The idea is that a consumer is not in an illegal position if he or she consumes cannabis and we do not support the entire illegal chain from production to transportation, where there is a lot of misery involved,” Ms Tanson said, As reported. By Guardian.
“We want to do everything possible to get as far away from the illegal black market as possible.”
Meanwhile, the country’s Greens, who are coalition partners in the government with the Democratic Party and the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party, said the move represented “a fundamental re-evaluation of Luxembourg’s drug policy”.
In a statement published on Friday, the party said the country’s “war on cannabis” had failed.
“The announcements by Justice Minister Sam Tanson represent a fundamental restructuring of Luxembourg’s drug policy,” he said.
“Ultimately, cannabis use is being regulated and a legal alternative to the black market is being made.”
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