In late June, Luxembourg joined more than fifteen other European nations in allowing for some form of legal marijuana. The grand duchy’s lawmakers unanimously passed legislation allowing for medical marijuana to be prescribed at four of the small country’s hospitals.
Patients suffering from chronic pain, nausea from chemotherapy, and multiple sclerosis will be eligible for prescriptions. The country plans to import medicinal cannabis products, including drops and oils, from Canada, which has a well-regulated medical marijuana supply system.
The Health Minister of Luxembourg, Lydia Mutsch, said that while marijuana is not the solution to every ailment, “I am pleased that the House has agreed with the bill to legalize access to cannabis for medical purposes. The medical use of cannabis is an important step in our efforts to reduce the pain and suffering of some patients, where usual treatments do not allow it.” The country’s legislative body is also sometime referred to as Krautmaart, after the herb garden that once occupied the street where the capitol building now sits.
The law allows for an evaluation of the country’s medical marijuana program after two years. Some lawmakers and medical professionals hope that once the existing program proves beneficial, it may be expanded. Patients suffering from depression and lack of hunger related to HIV may be added to the eligibility list.
The other nations in Europe with some form of legality (from limited medical to complete legalization) are Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Italy, Macedonia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, and Switzerland.
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