News

Luxembourg next to legalise recreational cannabis use

Most popular

The beer category in 2018 - Review

'Healthy alcohol - the trend to watch in 2019?

The beer category in 2019 - just-drinks predicts

Is craft spirits approaching a reset moment?

MORE

The incoming Coalition Government in Luxembourg has confirmed its intention to legalise the recreational use of cannabis in the country.

The legalisation of cannabis continues, with Luxembourg outlining plans to allow recreational use

The legalisation of cannabis continues, with Luxembourg outlining plans to allow recreational use

Consumer group Consumer Choice Center (CCC) said today that the measure forms part of the coalition manifesto for the next five years. The group suggested the move would prompt other European countries to follow.

"Luxembourg will become the first country in the EU to actually legalise cannabis, as the Czech Republic, Portugal, or the Netherlands either tolerate or decriminalise it," said Bill Wirtz, policy analyst at the CCC. "This sends a strong message to other countries in the EU. The ice is broken."

The organisation said early press statements by the coalition partners indicate that marijuana use would only be legal for Luxembourg residents.

"That would be the wrong way to go, since it is not only discriminatory but could also increase black market presence in the area," said Wirtz. "We feel that cannabis should be legal for purchase to all adults, regardless of nationality. Doing so could help create a new tourism industry in the country.

"At the end of the day, there is no reason to treat legal cannabis more strictly than legal alcohol. If foreigners, of age, can buy legal alcohol in the country, they should also be able to buy cannabis."

South Korea has also moved this week to legalise medicinal cannabis use, according to reports.

As the decriminalisation of cannabis continues, drinks companies have entered the category. Last month, Molson Coors confirmed the creation of a cannabis-focused joint venture in Canada. Truss is the result of a tie-up with Hydropothecary Corp (HEXO).

The future of cannabis in the drinks industry - FREE report from just-drinks FUTURES


Related Content

California cannabis legalisation a

California cannabis legalisation a "non-event" for beer sales - Constellation Brands CEO...

What brewers need to be aware of before stepping into cannabis - Comment

What brewers need to be aware of before stepping into cannabis - Comment ...

Binge drinking rates in US cannabis states below national average - analyst

Binge drinking rates in US cannabis states below national average - analyst...

Will the drinks industry have a cannabis-inspired October? - Analysis

Will the drinks industry have a cannabis-inspired October? - Analysis...

Oops! This article is copy protected.

Why can’t I copy the text on this page?

The ability to copy articles is specially reserved for people who are part of a group membership.

How do I become a group member?

To find out how you and your team can copy and share articles and save money as part of a group membership call Sean Clinton on
+44 (0)1527 573 736 or complete this form..



Forgot your password?