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The leaf that Luxembourg will allow at home

“Luxembourg will tolerate the cannabis culture” blared The Luxembourger Wort, the country’s main daily newspaper.

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“We thought we had to act,” she said. “We have an issue with drugs, and cannabis is the drug that is most used and is a large part of the illegal market.

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The decision by the small but financially powerful European country to legalize the production and consumption of the drug is a milestone on the continent where even the Netherlands — which paradoxically allows cannabis sales and consumption in authorized ‘coffee houses’ but bars its possession and sale.

New law on growing cannabis

The recreational use of marijuana has now been legalised, or is in the process of being legalised, in 18 American states, as well as Washington DC. They are:

Looking beyond Europe, several countries as well as American states have legalised cannabis in the past decade. Uruguay was the first, in 2013. However some pharmacists encountered a “serious hiccup”, as partnerships with US banks “came under threat”, due to the US’s laws on controlled substances, the BBC reported.

California legalised marijuana for medical use two decades ago, but no EU nation has followed suit as yet. While smoking cannabis remains illegal in many EU member states, Sativex, a cannabis extract also known as nabiximols, is an authorised medicine in many, as well as the UK. Prescribing medical cannabis in the UK became legal in 2018, with three CBD-derived treatments now licensed for use on the NHS.

The then agriculture minister, Evangelos Apostolou, said growers had already expressed an interest in investing €1.5bn (£1.3bn) into projects to build greenhouse parks for cannabis production in Greece.

Canada also legalised the drug in October 2018, but the “black market is still vibrant”, The Guardian reported. Retailers have struggled to meet demand, and the quality of the substances on sale is not as high as that from underground sellers, the newspaper continued. Higher prices have also pushed buyers away from legal routes.

Malta is to become the first European country to legalise the growing and possession of cannabis for personal use.

According to The Independent, Tsipras said: “From now on, the country is turning its page, as Greece is now included in countries where the delivery of medical cannabis to patients in need is legal.”

The policies and procedures related to Public Act 21-1, An Act Concerning Responsible And Equitable Regulation Of Adult-Use Cannabis, are effective October 16, 2021 and are available at

Possession of 1.5 oz of cannabis is now legal. Retail sales will likely not be available until at least the end of 2022. Those who wish to grow cannabis at home may not at this time. Medical marijuana patients will be able to grow up to 3 mature and 3 immature plants at home starting October 1, 2021, with a cap of 12 total plants per household. All adults will be able to grow under the same rules starting July 1, 2023.

For those considering starting a business, the Department of Consumer Protection will release applications within a few months, pending further directives from the Social Equity Council. Please be aware that there are also very specific advertising guidelines for businesses who intent to participate in the retail sale of cannabis.

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