Luxembourg has legalized the recreational use of marijuana. The decision was announced at the conference of the center-left coalition of the Democratic Party (DP), the Luxembourg Socialist Workers Party (LSAP) and the Greens (déi gréng). “Marijuana will be sold commercially,” the new Luxembourg government said.

Part of the proceeds from cannabis recreational sales will be allocated to the government’s addiction prevention program. Politicians predict severe penalties for violating the ban on the sale of marijuana to minors. Details of the new regulations will be announced after next week discussions in this matter.

Luxembourg will be the first member of the European Union that will completely legalize marijuana. Other countries, such as the Netherlands, have only decriminalized this drug. The first country in the world to legalize the cultivation, trade and consumption of marijuana was Uruguay.

Polish pharmacists already treat people with cannabis after the drug was legalized for medicinal purposes in 2017. Cannabis from imported plants can be processed at Polish pharmacies – as long as it has been logged with the country’s Office for Registration of Medical Products. It is still yet to be even decriminalized in Poland despite the ridiculous rule of zero tolerance being attacked by many sides. This means if you are caught with a tiny bit of marijuana in your pocket you are arrested. No question.

The current laws allow cannabis to be used to treat a wide range of ailments including epilepsy, nausea caused by chemotherapy, chronic pain and symptoms of multiple sclerosis. A monthly course of treatment costs about 350 euro.

So is there a chance it could be legalized in Poland? Activist groups say ‘YES’ and that ‘Luxembourg is going to be the test country in Europe. If drug-related crime rates fall significantly and incomes from the taxes collected are big then Poland will follow’. They also mention that legal recreational marijuana will be the European standard within 10 years.
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