Luxembourg’s Half-Hearted Green Light for Medical Cannabis


On Wednesday, the Cabinet of the Duchy of Luxembourg agreed to a reform of the Narcotics Act to allow the use of medical cannabis at an undetermined future date. Despite the new law, patients in Luxembourg will continue to have zero access to pharmacy-grade herbal cannabis.

Due to the perceived danger of over- or underdosing medical marijuana, there will be no flowers available for Luxembourgian patients, yet. Although there is already a licensed medical device in the neighboring country of Germany that’s capable of providing accurate dosing, patients have to put up with processed medicine and extracts from pharmaceutical companies until a standard device for medical use is approved in Luxembourg.

Incidentally, the vaporizer was only approved in Germany in 2015 because it allows for precise dosing of the herb.

During the announcement of the government’s intention to reform the Narcotics Act in November, Luxembourg’s PM Xavier Bettel made it clear that the use of medical marijuana would be strictly regulated and controlled.

“Cannabis is not a cure,” the Prime Minister said. “However, it can very well relieve pain in chronic conditions … and not every doctor will be able to prescribe it.”

According to the new law, only neurologists, cancer doctors, and internists will be allowed to prescribe the medicine to patients. They must first apply for a “prescription permission” and therapeutically substantiate an “exceptional situation.”

The delivery of cannabis medicine will not take place through regular pharmacies as in Germany, Czech, or the Netherlands, but exclusively through hospital pharmacies.

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Michael Knodt is an expert on cannabis politics and cannabis culture across Europe. Born in North Germany, Michael has been living in Berlin since 1990. He initially studied history and journalism before receiving his certification as a carpenter. Since then, Michael has made regular visits to countries where cannabis is cultivated, such as Jamaica and Morocco. He has worked as a freelancer for Weedmaps, Vice Magazine Germany, Sensi Seeds and numerous German-language cannabis magazines since 2004. From 2005 to 2013, Michael was the Editor-in-Chief of Germanys biggest cannabis periodical. He also is the face and presenter of the most popular program on cannabis prohibition and just launched a new channel called "DerMicha." Aside from his journalistic work, Michael is a cannabis patient, activist, sought-after speaker on conferences and congresses, and a father of two.

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