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There’s good news for adults in Luxembourg. Luxembourg is on its way to becoming the first European country to legalize both the production and consumption of cannabis.

Under the new law, individuals aged 18 and over may grow up to four cannabis plants for personal use. Moreover, plants must be grown in a place of residence, indoors or outdoors, on a balcony, terrace, or garden.

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Luxembourg Becomes First European Country to Legalize Cannabis Production and Consumption

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However, purchasing seeds in retail stores, importing seeds, or buying them online are all viable options under the new legislation. There will not be a limit on the quantity of levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the seeds.

Cannabis Legalization is the First Step to a More Liberal Approach

Luxembourg’s government said that they wanted to make some fundamental changes to the way they treat recreational cannabis use and cultivation. Justice minister Sam Tanson described the change to the law as a first step.

“We thought we had to act, we have an issue with drugs and cannabis is the drug that is most used and is a large part of the illegal market,” she said.

Luxembourg Becomes First European Country to Legalize Cannabis Production

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“We want to start by allowing people to grow it at home. The idea is that a consumer is not in an illegal situation if he consumes cannabis and that we don’t support the whole illegal chain from production to transportation to selling where there is a lot of misery attached. We want to do everything we can to get more and more away from the illegal black market.”

Small-Scale Possession is Now a Misdemeanor

Consuming or transporting cannabis in public spaces still remains illegal. However, fines and penalties have been reduced under the new law. As long as consumption and/or transportation remains under three grams, it’s classified as a misdemeanor, not a criminal offense.

Furthermore, fines could be as little as €25 for small-scale possession. This is a huge difference from the previous fines of €251 to €2,500.

Luxembourg Becomes First European Country to Legalize Cannabis

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 “Above three grams, nothing changes, you will be considered a dealer,” Tamson said. “Nothing changes for car drivers either: there is still zero tolerance.”

Luxembourg’s Government Wishes to Put a Stop to the Illegal Cannabis Market

The new legislation aims to encourage consumption “within one’s own four walls.” The state’s desire is to hurt the illegal market by empowering people to take charge of their own private consumption, safely and at home.  

Luxembourg is working toward state-regulated production and distribution. That way, they can help ensure that the cannabis is of high quality. According to government sources, the revenue from sales will be invested “primarily in prevention, education, and healthcare in the broad field of addiction.”

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