Five weeks after its electoral victory, the new Luxembourg government promises legalization for recreational purposes. If this happens, Luxembourg will become the first country in Europe to formally legalize cannabis.
Luxembourg should become the first country in Europe to allow the full legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes and not only for medical purposes.
At a press conference, the new Luxembourg government announced on Thursday that it would make the cannabis legalization program a central goal of the next mandate.
The new coalition was formed after the victory of the Democratic Party (DP) in the elections last month, which was joined by the Socialist Party (LSAP) and the Green Party.
Although some parts of the Netherlands and Spain are already selling cannabis in stores on a regulated basis, the law on crime indicates that it is nonetheless a criminal offense. Uruguay, Canada and 10 US states are the only ones to allow full legalization.
Luxembourg is a small country, member of the European Union, with only 600 000 citizens around. However, if the law allows citizens to consume, residents of neighboring countries could also benefit. What opens the door to the consumption for the citizens of the nearest countries like France, Belgium and Germany, the potential is much greater.
In parallel with the promise of legalization, coalition members, led by Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, announced an increase in the minimum wage of 100 euros per week, free public transport and other benefits.
Corinne Kahn, head of the Democratic Party team, described the plans of the new Luxembourg government as "a very detailed plan giving priority to citizens".
"We will reduce taxes, simplify bureaucratic procedures, and another point, cannabis for recreational purposes will be legally approved under certain conditions," she concluded.
At the same time, all the projects still have to be approved definitively by the other parties in the coalition, which should be received next week, immediately after the new government takes office.
Five months ago, the Luxembourg parliament approved the new law authorizing the prescription of cannabis by a doctor. Under the new law, any physician trained in this task, including family physicians, can prescribe cannabis for medical purposes to a variety of diseases and health conditions.