The decriminalization of cannabis in Luxembourg worries its neighbors

There is a lot of talk about drugs in the Luxembourg station district and here, says Lucas, a resident of rue Junck, it is the only business that really works. “If I could, I would go, but it is getting harder and harder to resell an apartment. Because after 4 p.m., this area belongs to the dealers. “

Night brawls, threats to residents, occupation of building entrances, ineffective police patrols: the stories are always a little the same and contrast with the apparent tranquility of these few poorly lit streets but which, a priori, have no not look like a real cut-throat. “You know, people often exaggerate …”, smiles a security guard now mobilized to secure the neighborhood alongside the police. This private force was in the news recently when one of its dogs injured a man. The neighborhood also remembers the recent arrest of a seller, carrying nearly two hundred doses heroin and cocaine.

And besides that ? “What especially annoys local residents is the persistence of the problem for several years”, says Lucas. With the presence, repeatedly denounced, of dealers of African origin, carriers of Italian or French papers. This ended up becoming a subject of conflict between the city hall and the Ministry of Security, accused of immobility. In 2020, four ministers therefore promised a strengthening of controls, cooperation with neighboring countries to track down resellers and a law to attack ” at the root “ the issue of drug addiction.

Break production networks

“The last forty or fifty years have shown that by repression alone, we do not achieve much”, declare to World Justice Minister Sam Tanson. It belongs to the Déi Gréng party (the Greens), one of the three formations of the coalition which also brings together the liberals of Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and the Socialists. Since its creation in the 1980s, the environmental party has advocated that the issue of narcotics be approached differently. He talks about prevention, awareness, another criminal approach and, first of all, the need to break the networks for the production and sale of the most common drug, cannabis.

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It was for this purpose that a first project was presented at the end of October, which caused a lot of talk, beyond the narrow borders of the Grand Duchy. It aims for any adult resident to be able to grow cannabis plants in their home, up to four. For his personal consumption, in the private sphere, specified the authorities. Trade and importation of the seeds will also be permitted, with no limit to the quantity or level of THC, the psychoactive constituent.

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The decriminalization of cannabis in Luxembourg worries its neighbors

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