The official announcement was made on Friday by the Minister of Justice, Sam Tanson, during a press conference on reducing drug-related crime.
For the first time in Europe, Luxembourg has passed laws that will allow residents aged 18 and over to grow up to four cannabis plants legally in their house or garden exclusively for personal use.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg joins only two other countries in the world — Uruguay and Canada — and 11 states in the U.S. that have legalized the cultivation and distribution of cannabis.
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The new measures on domestic production and consumption, according to the minister, are the first steps on the way to state-regulated production and distribution, the revenues of which would be used for addiction prevention, education and health care.
“We thought we had to act,” she said. “We have an issue with drugs, and cannabis is the drug that is most used and is a large part of the illegal market.
According to the Luxembourg government’s announcement on Friday, the new legislation is intended to address the problem of drug-related crimes by introducing fundamental changes in the country’s approach to recreational cannabis use and cultivation.
A European milestone
“A first in Europe! The Ministers of Justice and Internal Security announced on Friday morning that each Luxembourg household will be able to have four cannabis plants,” the paper adds.
“Luxembourg will tolerate the cannabis culture” blared The Luxembourger Wort, the country’s main daily newspaper.
Date: September 15, 2021
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Can I grow cannabis at home?
Medical marijuana patients 18 years and older will be able to grow up to 3 mature and 3 immature plants at home starting October 1, 2021, with a cap of 12 total plants per household. All adults over age 21 will be able to grow under the same rules starting July 1, 2023. Plants must be grown indoors and must not be visible from the street. People who choose to grow their own plants must do so in their primary residence and where individuals under 21 can not access the plants.
Over the last 4 years, growing cannabis in Quebec from one’s home has gone from being illegal, to being legal, to finally become illegal again recently. The story may not even be over.
First step: Legalization
The Court of Appeal recently declared that the lower court decision was incorrect. The court declared that the province had the power to ban Quebecers from possessing and growing any cannabis plants.
3 rd step: The Court of Appeal renders its decision
However, each province would be free to make their own rules surrounding cannabis. For its part, Quebec decided that it would make it illegal to posses a cannabis plant and grow any cannabis for personal purposes. However, that doesn’t mean that it’s criminal. Breaking the law by growing cannabis could land you a fine, like a speeding ticket.