The tiny land-locked nation of Luxembourg is lining itself up to
become the first European country to make cannabis legal.
Luxembourg’s health minister – Etienne Schneider – announced to
the 600,000 population that recreational use of marijuana could be within reach
for them within two years.
The 48-year-old politician also called upon his European counterparts
to also look at relaxing their drug laws surrounding the growing, possession
and use of cannabis.
“This drug policy we had over the last 50 years did not work,” he
“Forbidding everything made it just more interesting to young people … I’m hoping all of us will get a more open-minded attitude toward drugs.”
It is understood Luxembourg will press ahead with legalisation
by 2021 with a state-regulated cannabis agency controlling production and
A draft bill covering the type of marijuana to be sold and the
tax implications is expected to be tabled this autumn.
Addressing the potential problem of ‘drug tourism’, Mr Schneider
said the bill would likely carry a clause preventing non-Luxembourg citizens purchasing
Although anticipated to be actioned within two years, a
coalition between the country’s Liberals, Green Party and Social Democrats has
agreed on a deadline of five years for legislation.
The move would see Luxembourg join Canada, 11 US states and
Uruguay in dismissing the United Nations convention on the control of drugs. As
by The Leaf Desk, Mexico is also set to make a similar announcement
The use of medical cannabis is already legal in Luxembourg, and
the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal recreational use has
been decriminalised. However, it is currently illegal to purchase, sell or grow