Governmental Ministers in Luxembourg have outlined their plans for the country's upcoming legalisation of recreational cannabis.
Justice Minister Félix Braz and health minister Etienne Schneider have just returned from a research trip to Canada. Canada became one of the first countries to fully legalise recreational cannabis last year. They elaborated on the government's plans to legalise the production, sale, and use of cannabis for recreational purposes. Proposals to legalise cannabis in Luxembourg was announced last November. The ministers intend to present a preliminary concept of the bill for parliament to consider by autumn this year. The goal is to have full legalisation by 2023 at the latest.
- 1 Cannabis reform in Europe
- 2 Why is Luxembourg legalising recreational cannabis?
Cannabis reform in Europe
This is huge for cannabis reform in Europe. If no other country by 2023 legalises cannabis for recreational purposes, Luxembourg will officially become the first European country to do so, having legalised medicinal cannabis last year. Although the Netherlands is famous for cannabis, it is not technically legal; however, they will be trying a new regulated model later this year.
- Adults aged over 18 will be permitted to possess up to 30 grams of cannabis while in public.
- Minors aged between 12 and 17 will not be criminalised for possession up to 5 grams of cannabis in public.
- The THC content has yet to be fixed. Those who exceed these levels will face harsh punishments.
- Luxembourg residents will only be permitted to purchase cannabis. Residence of nearby by countries like Germany and France entering the country to acquire cannabis will not be allowed.
Why is Luxembourg legalising recreational cannabis?
Dismantling the marijuana black market
Decriminalisation of all drugs has been a massive success in Portugal. However, Luxembourg wants to go one step further. Full legalisation will remove consumers from the black market and fight crime at the supply level.
Improved quality & safety controls for recreational users
When buying cannabis off the street, you do not know what you are buying. Cannabis laced with fentanyl and heroin has been reported in states within America. We have already seen in the tobacco and alcohol industry that legalisation immediately brings a set of standards and quality controls.
Increased Tax Revenue from cannabis sales
One of the biggest proposers of legalising cannabis is all the extra revenue it will bring. Instead of all the profits going to criminal gangs, legitimate businesses will alternatively supply employment and pay tax. This will, in turn, go to the improvement of the public sector.
Gang-related violence is hugely prevalent across Europe, including Ireland. Removing one of there sources of income can go along way in dismantling these groups.
Allows the Police & Court to Focus on More Important Crimes
Legalising cannabis would firstly provide more tax revenue which in turn will give more money to police our streets. Legalisation will also allow the authorities to focus on more violent crime.
As more and more countries around the world, legalise cannabis is only a matter of time before Ireland at least opens up our medicinal cannabis laws. We have seen in Thailand this week how a country with such harsh penalties on cannabis can make a u-turn and legalise medicinal cannabis.