Luxembourg is on the verge of becoming the first nation in Europe to legalise cannabis. The health minister of the country has urged the other nations in the continent to do the same, while admitting that the strict measures taken to control drugs had no effects.
Etienne Schneider told: “This drug policy we had over the last 50 years did not work.
“Forbidding everything made it just more interesting to young people. I’m hoping all of us will get a more open-minded attitude toward drugs.”
According to the new rules, people who are above 18 can buy the drugs to use within two years, while those between 12 and 17 years of age will be OK to possess five grams or less.
However, those who still break the lenient laws will be dealt with harshly. The production and sale of cannabis will be regulated by the state – which means they will tax it, with the money expected to go towards drug education and addiction help.
In order to discourage tourists from visiting just for the sake of drugs, there will probably be a ban on people who are not from the country to buy drugs.
Some of you might think that Netherlands would have a better approach and ease into it. But it isn’t completely legal there.
The Netherlands has a ‘tolerance policy’, known as ‘gedoogbeleid’, which means they take a common sense approach to use of the drug. It’s technically illegal to possess, use and sell it, but police allow licensed coffee shops to sell cannabis, and also to keep 500g on site at any one time.
The first country in the world to legalise cannabis was Uruguay. They made it legal in 2013, and Canada followed the suit in 2018.