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.


Luxembourg is latest European country to legalize medical cannabis

Luxembourg lawmakers have unanimously supported a bill to legalise medical cannabis.

The law, passed on June 28, allows cannabis to be prescribed and used for patients who suffer from chronic pain, nausea relating to chemotherapy, or muscle spasm resulting from multiple sclerosis. The original draft of the bill stated that only specialists could prescribe the drug, but the final version passed allows any general practitioner to prescribe cannabis if they have undertaken relevant training.


Legalise cannabis in Luxembourg?

Luxembourg's Parliament is to debate the decriminalisation of cannabis, the health minister said while outlining a new drug prevention programme. 

On Monday, Lydia Mutsch explained that drug use in Luxembourg has steadily increased from 2009 to 2014. 

Among new measures proposed to curb its rise, the minister said that a broad debate in Parliament would take place to consider decriminalising the consumption of cannabis. 

Smoking hashish has repeatedly raised safety questions but there remains a large number of voices in favour of relaxing the law on its consumption. 


Students banned from cannabis coffee shops 'more likely to pass exams,' a Dutch study claims

The 'partial-prohibition' sought to ban smokers from France and Luxembourg

Students who were banned from smoking legal cannabis in Dutch coffeeshops were found to be more likely to pass exams, specifically maths-based ones, according to researchers.

The findings were worked out during a temporary “partial-prohibition” of cannabis cafes in the city of Maastricht, in which people were not allowed to enter on the sole basis of their nationalities.


“We need to rethink our drugs policy”

(CS/CBu) Justice Minister Félix Braz has said that Luxembourg needs to rethink its drugs policy, commenting that criminalisation and repressive measures have not had the desired results.

In an interview with the “Luxemburger Wort”, Braz said that there needs to be a fundamental change in the political approach towards drugs. However, he added that the main goal will remain preventing addiction to any type of drug.

An integral reform comprising health policy, criminal law and youth protection issues is on the horizon, he said. However, the debate is still in its infancy, Braz added.

An orientation debate in parliament is set to kick off a wider discussion. “We need to raise awareness for the issue,” the minister said.


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