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Is Luxembourg Abandoning Its Previous Legalization Plans?

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Luxembourg was once thought to have the best chance of passing Europe’s first nationwide adult-use cannabis legalization measure. Of course, that ‘historic first’ never materialized in Luxembourg and the actual first country to pass such a measure was eventually Malta, which did so near the end of 2021.

Even though Luxembourg failed to become the first to pass a legalization measure, there was still quite a bit of hope that legalization would still become a reality in the European nation in the near future. Unfortunately, the chances of legalization happening any time soon in Luxembourg seem to be getting worse with every passing month.

Earlier this month we reported on grievances aired by the general prosecutors office, which cited concerns about ‘contradictions, unequal treatment, lack of clarity, oversights, serious error of logic or even the door wide open to abuse.’

While it is not shocking to see political delay tactics and reefer madness rhetoric being incorporated by cannabis opponents, it is disheartening to a degree to see supporters of cannabis reform changing their tones and the type of wording they use to describe the current effort in Luxembourg. Per RTL Today (translated to English):

Minister of Justice Sam Tanson once again defended the government’s decision to regulate recreational cannabis consumption, pointing out that this was already included in the governing coalition’s programme before the last national elections in 2018.

The initial plan of the coalition between the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP), and the Green Party (déi Gréng) was to legalise cannabis.

However, Tanson explained that because the government does not want to allow cannabis consumption in public spaces, they now prefer to talk about “regulation” rather than “legalisation.” In addition, cannabis will be “decriminalised,” as residents will be permitted to carry up to 3 grammes of marijuana.

In addition to permitting possession of up to 3 grams, the current proposal being circulated in Luxembourg’s political circles would also permit the cultivation of up to four plants. For contextual purposes, Germany is considering legalizing possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis and the cultivation of up to three plants, and Malta currently permits the possession of up to 7 grams of cannabis and four plants.