Several Nations Could Legalize Adult Use Cannabis In 2021—Which Could Be Next?

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Last year came close to seeing two nations pass adult use cannabis laws. Ultimately, both efforts fell short. New Zealand saw its cannabis referendum rejected by voters in November, losing by a 51.1% to 48.8% margin. In Mexico, Congress was given its third extension to pass its law—pushing a decision into 2021. 

While disappointing, one of the two nations remains on the cusp of legalization, as is a country pivotal in the advancement of cannabis research and technology. Other nations could take action in 2021, although their prospects appear more likely to occur in the coming years. 


The Great Dutch Cannabis Experiment Morphs On

The Netherlands has pioneered many parts of the cannabis industry as it has evolved and changed over the last half century. See the eponymous coffee shop.


Luxembourg Likely to Be First EU Country to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

Though many – but not all – of the EU member states have seen relaxing cannabis regulation in the last several years, Luxembourg is so far the only one to initialize legislation for legalized recreational cannabis.

Everyone is familiar with the Netherlands and how a person can sit in a coffee shop and puff on their favorite selection of marijuana without getting hassled by cops, or worrying about fines or prison sentences. In fact, there is often a misconception in the rest of the world that cannabis is actually legal in the Netherlands for recreational use, but this is not the case.


Luxembourg’s Government triples medical cannabis budget for 2020

While Luxembourg is a tiny country in the middle of Europe, it is beginning to play an outsized role in pushing all aspects of the cannabis discussion forward in the EU.

The country has steadily moved forward on integrating cannabis into the medical system. In 2018, medical cannabis was tested in a pilot project and is now available, on prescription, from a limited number of hospital pharmacies since February of this year. The program, at least from the Department of Health’s perspective, has been “very successful” so far in the words of Health Minister Etienne Schneier.


A look at cannabis legislation in Countries around the World

Ever since Canada became the first major country to legalize marijuana for adults a year ago, other nations have been paying attention.

The small South American nation of Uruguay was the first to legalize marijuana for adults. New Zealand, Luxembourg and Mexico are among those that have looked to Canada for guidance or lessons, while Russia has chastised it for its “barefaced” flouting of international anti-drug treaties.


Luxembourg becoming first EU State to fully legalize cannabis

Luxembourg is to become the first European Union country to fully legalize cannabis.


Pass the Duchy: Luxembourg’s grand plan to legalize cannabis

Luxembourg has ambitions to legalize recreational cannabis and convince other European countries to do the same.


Aurora Cannabis extends exclusive supply relationship with Luxembourg

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Aurora Cannabis Inc. (“Aurora” or the “Company”) (TSX: ACB) (NYSE: ACB) (Frankfurt: 21P; WKN: A1C4WM) announced today that the Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Aurora Deutschland, has been selected by the Luxembourg Health Ministry as the exclusive supplier in a public bid to supply a second delivery of medical cannabis to Luxembourg.


'Luxembourg can set an example in Europe' when it legalizes cannabis in 2020

Big changes are coming to the small country of Luxembourg in the near future, writes Mia Thomsin.


Luxembourg poised to become the first EU country to legalize recreational cannabis

Last month, Luxembourg set the wheels in motion to legalize recreational cannabis. This would make Luxembourg the first European Union country to do so, setting a precedent for the rest of the continent, writes Jericho Knopp.  

The announcement came after a press conference held by the recently re-elected coalition government to announce their new platform.


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