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Luxembourg flirts with the Canadian model.

Post by Schroom » Thu 26th Jul 2018 02:36 pm

The following is a rough translation from a news Article. http://www.lessentiel.lu/de/luxemburg/s ... l-12025251

Today, the Parliament has discussed in a public debate the handling of Cannabis following a recent Petition for legalization that had received an overwhelming number of signatures.
More concrete, it’s about the legalization of the Drug and its distribution, for example via Coffeeshops.

Petitionary Joe Schmit has different goals. Even though he himself isn’t a consumer, he has noticed that “Cannabis is available everywhere and all the time”. For that reason, a Federal Regulation seems to make sense, in order to protect the youth, the consumers and the constitutional state itself.

On one side Guy Munhowen (Manager of the local headshop placebo, distributer of CBD and member of the socialist party) argued passionately for exactly that. “it’s not about complete clearance of Cannabis, but about a reasonable regulation”, says Munhowen. But this raises a number of problems, starting with the acceptance by the population.
Minister of justice Félix Braz (the greens) says “the Drug politics of the recent decades has failed”. We need new and unified regulations because “what’s penalized now, has to find acceptance from the people”.

Role model, Canada.

Minister of health Lydia Mutsch (socialists) acknowledges that the current law needs to be changed. There are a few contradictions in society concerning the handling of drugs, namely with alcohol that’s being consumed for different occasions. Especially for children and teenagers it’s impossible to comprehend why Cannabis should be treated differently than the socially accepted drug alcohol.
Still we need to keep an eye on the health risks associated with consuming Cannabis if we want to discuss about a legalization.

The Canadian model kame up pretty frequently, the north American country has decided on legalization in 2016 and is being praised from everywhere around. “to say it informally, the Canadians have busted their asses in order to find a reasonable and coherent system” says Munhowen. But following Mutsch, the Canadian model could only be applied conditionally to Luxembourg, as it is very recent and long term consequences on society can’t be deduced yet.


Education, control, prevention

The conclusion of today’s session could be “we are open-minded, but we don’t want to act precipitately “ as Alex Bodry (socialists) said. “The Left” and “the Greens” agree. The Christian party shows itself “open to further exchange” over the subject, as said by Marine Mergen. But first we need to talk about the feared drug tourism, prevention and the transfer to minors.

“Problems can only be solved if they are talked about openly” says Munhowen. “it would be refreshing, if an adolescent could openly share in school that he has a problem with drugs. Because those adolescents exist already, today”

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personal addition:

Finally they decided to study the subject further and to reconvene in September. The Democratic party, socialists, greens, pirates and “the left” have all put in the effort for legalization in their manifesto for the upcoming election. The Christian party as well as the more right winged party and the Communists haven’t.



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Re: Luxembourg flirts with the Canadian model.

Post by Schroom » Thu 6th Sep 2018 02:53 pm

UPDATE:

Following a report from Luxembourg’s “Tageblatt” all 3 of the ruling parties LSAP (Luxembourgish socialist worker party), DP (democratic party) and the Greens are all three pleading for a change in the current Cannabis legislation and have put it their party platform. After the legalization of medical Hemp was supposed to be an emergency action, in order to keep shares in the German Stock Exchange a chain reaction is now on their way that could end in the legalization of Cannabis, even for leisure use.

Medical Hemp legalization for Stock trading


It’s been almost three months that the Report concerning trade with Cannabis shares in Germany made a lot of noise. We (Marijuana.com) also reported about this, that the firm “Clearstream” refused the trade with Hemp shares, which would have meant a ban of Cannabis shares on the German Stock Exchange. But just in time, Luxembourg legalized Medical Marijuana so that it could continue to be traded on the markets.

Momentum for more

But this didn’t close the case “Cannabis” in Luxembourg. Shortly before the upcoming elections, most parties discussed a possible legalization and regulation of the Cannabis market in their particular program. However, the coalition won’t be able to implement their new position so shortly before the election. Being the biggest party in the country, the opposing Christian social public party (CSV) refuses the idea of a regulated Cannabis market.

With these developments, the criteria for legalization in Luxembourg are met. Should the CSV not be part of the ruling body, which we shall see after the election in October, we will see how serious the three parties are about the subject.

Freely translated from: https://www.marijuana.com/de/news/2018/ ... lisierung/

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Re: Luxembourg flirts with the Canadian model.

Post by Schroom » Mon 15th Oct 2018 07:25 am

Dare I say, we did it!

Coalition discussion aren't done yet, BUT the current coalition with Greens, LSAP (Socialists) and DP (Democrats) still has a majority of 31 seats! also the greens have won over the most voters. and it wouldn't be fair if they where left out, as the only party that won voters, out of the top 4 parties.
also after the election the 3 party leaders of the current government, seemed rather optimistic to continue their cooperation, to the dissatisfaction of the Christian party (CSV) who still are the strongest party, but, just like 5 years ago lost a lot of votes.

now what does that mean? as mentioned in the articles above all three parties, that form of the current government, are pro legalization of cannabis, with the greens being the ones that pushed it the hardest, and even promoted it with their "Weedman" as seen here:
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also as the greens won the most seats, they can also now force more of their program in coalition negotiations.

so in my honest opinion, unless something really bad and surprising happens, and the current government does not decide to stay together in their current coalition, we should have legalization of recreational marijuana in 2 to 4 years.

here are the election results in detail FYI.

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Re: Luxembourg flirts with the Canadian model.

Post by Willjay » Mon 15th Oct 2018 04:09 pm

That is great news for the people of Luxembourg and another step forward to legalization worldwide 8)
We loved our visit to Luxembourg both the country and the city, we stoped at Clervaux to see the WW2 museum but spent all our time at the “Family of Man” photograph exhibit at the Chateau Clervaux, then had to catch the train :mrgreen:
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Re: Luxembourg flirts with the Canadian model.

Post by Schroom » Tue 27th Nov 2018 12:28 pm

As the new government is still forming, leaks confirm and Radio station 100.7 reports, that all three parties agreed on legalizing Cannabis, no date as of yet of when we will be abl to smoke an buy weed legally tho. The legislation should be signed the upcoming days and the whole thing will be presented with the rest of the coalition accord around the 6th of December.
it has been said that, even tho all parties want to legalize Marijuana, it will, at least at first, not be a priority.

which for me, confirms my initial estimate of 2-4 years until it's legal. I'll update as the news come out.

@Admin could you maybe create a subforum in "more countries" for Luxembourg and copy this post in? thanks.

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Re: Luxembourg flirts with the Canadian model.

Post by Schroom » Thu 29th Nov 2018 02:49 pm

just in,

Prime Minister Bettel just confirmed in a press conference that Cannabis, medical and recreational will be legalized.
growing, and distribution will be organized and managed by the state.

the exact law and legislation will be worked out now by the responsible minister.

no date yet, except "when it's done!"

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Re: Luxembourg flirts with the Canadian model.

Post by DeLekkersteNUGS16 » Thu 29th Nov 2018 04:44 pm

Geachte Nederlandse overheid,

Graag "get your shit together"

Jullie huidige "gedoogbeleid" lukt niet, particuliere kwekers zijn geen criminelen, jullie zijn op dit moment wel een grapje hoor!

Alvast bedankt.

Met vriendelijke groet,

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Re: Luxembourg flirts with the Canadian model.

Post by notsofasteddie » Mon 3rd Dec 2018 10:36 pm

Cannabis Will Be Legal For Recreational Use In Luxembourg


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Cannabis will be made legal for recreational use in Luxembourg, it has been confirmed.

During a press conference held by the three coalition parties – Democratic Party (DP), Luxembourg Socialist Workers’ Party (LSAP) and The Greens (déi gréng) – political leaders said that cannabis will be legalised.

It will also be commercially distributed, as was confirmed by deputy prime minister Etienne Schneider, speaking to Luxembourg Times.
How Will The New Laws Be Implemented?

The parties said only residents will be able to buy cannabis products and penalties will be put in place for anyone distributing to minors or around schools. Furthermore, addiction prevention will be part of government policy.

The announcement comes after a petition was set up earlier this year calling on the legalization of cannabis for recreational use and for it to be distributed through coffee shops in Luxembourg.

The petition gained enough signatories to be discussed in parliament. Petitioners in parliament at the time called for a broader “regulation” of cannabis, pointing to Canada as an example.

The exact structure is still to be determined and further details will be given once the coalition agreement is finalised next week. Luxembourg would be the first country in the EU to fully legalize cannabis. Others, such as the Netherlands, have merely decriminalized it.

Within Eurasia, Georgia in the Caucasus region is the only country so far that has legalized possession and consumption of cannabis. Luxembourg would go further by also allowing commercial distribution.



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Re: Luxembourg flirts with the Canadian model.

Post by Schroom » Thu 6th Dec 2018 10:47 am

yup, I hope we will be a bright green light int he center of Europe, showing to the rest that it works!

but first let's wee when we get the first law-text about this, I don't think we will get much news about this in the first year, and maybe a first Testphase of decriminalization in 2 years.
then probably full legalization around 2021/22

btw fitting perfectly the farmers guild has voiced that they have huge trouble gaining on the current vegetable market.
the Greens have proposed that, by creating the Cannabis market for Luxemburgish farmers would give them a very unique and great push, in a market that will probably grow large in the coming decades.

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