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The Legalisation of Recreational Cannabis Use in Europe ,

The Legalisation of Recreational Cannabis Use in Europe

On 14 December 2021, Malta became the first EU country to legalise the cultivation and personal use of cannabis.
Adults will be allowed to carry up to seven grams of cannabis, and grow no more than four plants at home. Equality Minister, Owen Bonnici, said the “historic” move would stop small-time cannabis users from facing the criminal justice system, and would “curb drug trafficking by making sure that [users] now have a safe and regularised way from where they can obtain cannabis”.

The move by Malta, the EU’s smallest member state, is likely to be the first of a number of nations changing their cannabis laws after the UN reclassified cannabis to recognise its therapeutic uses.

The governments of Luxembourg, Germany and Switzerland have all announced plans to establish a legally regulated market. Italy will hold a referendum on the issue in 2022.

Where is cannabis in Europe legal?

Among other EU nations, Spain and the Netherlands tolerate the consumption and growing of cannabis for personal use to different degrees, and the Czech Republic and Portugal have decriminalized cannabis for personal use.

A large number of countries globally have also legalised medical marijuana. That list includes European countries such as Austria, Croatia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and the UK.

The Netherlands is possibly the European country most associated with a relaxed attitude toward the use of cannabis. However, possession and trade are technically illegal there. The government instead has a gedoogbeleid, a “tolerance policy”, under which use is largely accepted within bounds. A trial is planned under which the production of the drug will be regulated.

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