LUXEMBOURG : IL EST DÉSORMAIS LÉGAL DE CULTIVER SON PROPRE CANNABIS - HerBeevor

LUXEMBOURG: IT IS NOW LEGAL TO GROW YOUR OWN CANNABIS

Luxembourg has taken a historic step in the legalization of cannabis for recreational use since July 21. From now on, residents can cultivate their own cannabis plants on a personal basis, but under strict frameworks established by law.

The Key Points of Legalization:

  1. Four plants maximum per household : According to the law passed in June, each household is authorized to cultivate up to four cannabis plants maximum. It is important to note that this cultivation remains prohibited to minors. In addition, the plants must under no circumstances be visible from the public highway.
  2. Consumption restricted to the private sphere : The consumption of cannabis is now legal, but only in the private sphere and in the absence of minors. Any deviation from these rules exposes growers to fines of up to 250,000 euros.
  3. Penalties relating to possession in public : The possession, consumption or sale of cannabis in public spaces remains prohibited. However, the law is more flexible for possessions of less than three grams, leading to fines ranging from 25 to 500 euros. Beyond three grams, offenders risk up to six months in prison and a fine of 2,500 euros.
  4. Objective of legalization : This measure aims to “Fight against drug-related crime and the sale of cannabis on the black market”, as explained by MP Josée Lorsché. Political leaders therefore wish to explore new ways to deal with drug-related problems.

Comparison with the situation in France

Luxembourg thus becomes the second country in the European Union to legalize recreational cannabis, following Malta in 2021. However, legislation in Europe remains heterogeneous. Some countries such as Portugal and Italy have decriminalized the use of cannabis for personal purposes and in small quantities. Others, like Spain and the Netherlands, tolerate consumption without legalizing it.

In France, the possession of cannabis remains illegal and punishable by criminal sanctions, although the country has authorized experimentation with cannabis for therapeutic use since October 2020, until 2024. Unlike the situation in Luxembourg, Germany and Denmark are considering also the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes.

The legalization of cannabis in Luxembourg marks a turning point in drug policy in Europe, sparking interest and reflection in many neighboring countries, including France, where the debate on this issue continues to intensify.

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