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Luxembourg Lights Up: New Cannabis Laws Take Effect July 21st

Significant changes include home cultivation and revised penalties.




Luxembourg is going green. PHOTO COURTESY OF WIKI COMMONS

Luxembourg is set to enact comprehensive reforms in its cannabis regulations as a new law governing the cultivation and possession of the plant is poised to take effect on July 21st.

Following its publication on Monday, the law will officially become active this Friday, the Ministry of Justice confirmed.

Under the new law, households will be permitted to grow a maximum of four cannabis plants, with a focus on cultivation at home or through approved associations, reports Les Frontaliers. Plants must be discreetly maintained and not be visible to the public eye. Cannabis consumption will also be limited to private settings, prohibiting public use.

The primary objective of the law is to decriminalize the possession of small quantities of marijuana. However, the government, led by Xavier Bettel, has established a framework for cultivation, usage, and sales.

Sales of cannabis beyond specific quantities, as well as the import or export of cannabis, will still be illegal. However, penalties for individuals found in possession of a few grams of cannabis (outside the legal framework) will be significantly reduced. Anything over three grams can still bring fines and possible  prison sentences ranging from eight days to six months.

The sale of cannabis seeds will be allowed by approved vendors, with strict labeling requirements, encompassing THC levels, seed quantity, variety, origin, and mandatory health warnings.


In the future, Luxembourg aims to establish its own national cannabis production and distribution system. Once operational, residents over the age of 18 will be able to purchase up to 30 grams of cannabis per month. The plan includes the opening of 14 official stores across the country.



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