Luxembourg becomes the first country in Europe to legalize growing cannabis at home

Under the new law by the Luxembourg government, adults will be allowed to grow up to four cannabis plants in their homes or gardens. The new law paved the way to make Luxembourg the first country in Europe to legalize the production and consumption of the drug.

After the law was introduced, Luxembourg joins in the list of countries that legalized cannabis cultivation and production in the country. According to the Luxembourg government, the new legislation seeks to address the problem of drug-related crime by bringing about fundamental changes in the country’s approach to recreational cannabis use and cultivation.

Cannabis is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant. Native to Central Asia and the Indian subcontinent, the cannabis plant has been used as a drug for both recreational and entheogenic purposes and in various traditional medicines for centuries.

The government said that it will also allow the sale of cannabis seeds in shops, along with the importation of them from abroad or bought online. In Europe, the country the Netherlands ironically allows cannabis sales and consumption in authorized ‘coffee houses’ but bars its possession and sale. The move was found to be a milestone for the continent, and implementing drug legalization in the small but financially sound country has been regarded as a big change.

Although transportation or consumption of up to three grams of cannabis will no longer be considered a criminal offense, the production and cultivation will only be allowed “within one’s own four walls”.

Meanwhile, a legal prohibition of the consumption and transport of cannabis or cannabis products in public will be maintained and trade in cannabis or cannabis products other than seeds, whether free of charge or in return for payment, remains prohibited.

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“The government aims to wade into drug-related crime with a more “holistic” approach. So the move represents a fundamental reorientation of Luxembourg’s drug policy,” said coalition partners in government. 

In total, the countries that have been enlisted for legalization are Uruguay and Canada, and 11 states in the U.S.