Luxembourg’s adult-use marijuana law ‘at least two years out,’ official says


2019-08-13 13:07:40 mjbizdaily


Luxembourg authorities are working on details for the legalization of recreational marijuana, and the legislative process for the program – “inspired by the Canadian model” – could start as early as this fall, Vice Prime Minister and Health Minister Étienne Schneider revealed. However, Schneider also said in an interview with Euronews “it will take at least two years” until legalization could actually happen. Legalizing recreational marijuana was part of the coalition agreement of the current government, which has parliamentary majorities. Luxembourg is home to only about 600,000 people, but the country neighbors highly populated areas of Belgium, France and Germany. Whether legalization would be considered only for residents is one of the key issues that could determine how impactful the Luxembourgian move could be. Schneider insisted that only residents would have access to legal cannabis and the country wants to avoid marijuana tourism. “The entire production and distribution chain” will be set up in Luxembourg, Schneider told Euronews. Only adults would be allowed to buy recreational marijuana. Possession for young people within certain limits would be decriminalized, but they would not be able to buy from the legal market. The policy is intended to remove users from the illicit market. Tax revenue would be used for “prevention, awareness and care in the broad area of addiction.” Uruguay is so far the only country outside of North America with a framework that allows the production of recreational marijuana for commercial purposes. Luxembourg already has a functioning medical cannabis program.
卢森堡副总理兼卫生部长施奈德透露,卢森堡当局正在研究有关娱乐大麻合法化的细节,该项目的立法程序——受加拿大模式的启发——最早可能在今年秋季启动。 然而,施耐德在接受《欧洲新闻》( Euronews )采访时表示,“至少需要两年时间”,才能真正实现合法化。 将娱乐大麻合法化是现任政府联盟协议的一部分,目前政府在议会中占多数。 卢森堡只有大约60万人口,但邻国比利时、法国和德国人口密集地区。是否只有居民才能考虑合法化,是决定卢森堡行动可能产生多大影响的关键问题之一。 施耐德坚称,只有居民才能获得合法大麻,国家希望避免大麻旅游。 施耐德告诉欧洲新闻,“整个生产和分销链条”将在卢森堡建立。 只有成年人才可以购买娱乐用的大麻。在一定范围内对青年人的占有将被合法化,但他们无法从合法市场购买。 该政策旨在将用户从非法市场上除名。 税收将用于“预防、认识和照顾广大的上瘾领域”。 到目前为止,乌拉圭是北美以外唯一一个允许为商业目的生产娱乐用大麻的国家。 卢森堡已经有一个有效的医用大麻计划。