• Prime Minister Xavier Bettel called for medical cannabis “in exceptional circumstances” last week`
  • Medical cannabis will only be sold in hospital pharmacies
  • Possession of small personal amounts has been decriminalised for almost 20 years

Luxembourg could be the next European country to legalise cannabis for medical purposes after their Prime Minister made comments seeming to promise reform.

Prime Minister Xavier Bettel declared that cannabis can be used for medical reasons in “exceptional circumstances,” such as for patients suffering from cancer, MS, following a meeting with Luxembourg’s Minister of Health last Friday.

Bettel justified the decision to legalise medical cannabis using positive examples of other European countries who have already legalised, such as the Netherlands, Italy and Germany.

“This is not a solution for everyone, but we will work on a suitable plan,”
– Prime Minister Xavier Bettel

While the Minister of Health, Lydia Mutsch, has been tasked with overseeing the framework for how legal medical cannabis access will work, preliminary limitations have already been laid out.

Bettel informed his council that “there will be strict prescribing conditions,” so that medical cannabis products could only be available in pharmacies within hospitals.

Cannabis will only be able to be prescribed by immunologists, oncologists, and internists.