Updated on January 31, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Although Luxembourg’s Ministry of Health is still in the process of developing the country’s two-year medical marijuana pilot project, it’s expected to launch in 2018. Like many other European nations, Luxembourg citizens will be able to visit a physician to receive a cannabis prescription. However, the government has stated these prescriptions will be strictly regulated and controlled. In fact, the Minister of Health estimates only 80 to 100 patients will be allowed to participate in the pilot project initially.
Even with these strict regulations, the initiation of this new medical marijuana program means qualifying patients will gain access to much-needed cannabis medications for their debilitating conditions. Many citizens hope that after a while, the government will allow more patients to get medical marijuana prescriptions, as well.
Because of Luxembourg’s proximity to the Netherlands, illegal weed has flooded the streets of this small nation by those who bring it in from the coffeeshops of Amsterdam. The sale and use of marijuana are both illegal in Luxembourg — however, in 2001, a revised drug law lowered the penalty for carrying small amounts of pot, effectively decriminalizing it.
Even though possessing small amounts of marijuana incurs no more than a fine, the new medical cannabis pilot project will offer many distinct advantages to patients, including that they can:
Since 2012, prescriptions for cannabinoid-derived medications have been available to Luxembourg patients. In 2015, they added Sativex to the list of approved medicines. However, the new pilot project will grant patients access to cannabis flower, marijuana oil, tinctures and sprays.
To get a prescription, patients will need to meet with a physician who is authorized to prescribe this form of medication. Only patients with the following qualifying conditions can receive prescriptions:
Although the Ministry of Health in Luxembourg has not laid out all the regulations for the medical marijuana pilot project yet, getting an updated prescription will likely resemble the process in other nations. An initial prescription allows patients to go to a hospital pharmacy to obtain their dosage, which equals about one gram per day.
Patients will most likely need to revisit their physician after 30 days to renew their prescription.
Not all physicians in Luxembourg are authorized to prescribe medical marijuana. Since very few conditions qualify, the doctor must be a specialist in that field, such as a:
Luxembourg’s Ministry of Health will oversee their two-year medical marijuana pilot program. As the project develops, you can check out their website for more information, as well as contact information for the appropriate representatives.
Marijuana laws are changing fast as more and more government bodies are realizing the potential of these natural medications. As legislation changes in these nations, turn to MarijuanaDoctors.com for the latest news and updates. We’ll keep you informed about international cannabis laws in Luxembourg and other countries. Browse our handy resource guide to find more medical marijuana facts, or read our blog for answers to frequently asked questions.