IN EUROPE: Serbia could soon legalize marijuana, Luxembourg youth join forces

Serbia could soon legalize marijuana, as doctors agree on the medicinal benefits. Also in Europe: Luxembourg youth parties want to change cannabis policy.

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Marijuana could soon be legalized in Serbia. Minister of Health Zlatibor Loncar will open a discussion about the change of legislation when it comes to marijuana and its use in medicine, reported Blic.

“Ministry of Health will not cause problems with introducing to medicine of anything that gives results in treatment, including marijuana. We have a variety of studies that have shown that cannabis has good results in medicine. We will surely not run away from something that has effect. However, we do not want to make decision overnight. We want all citizens to know what this is all about,” dr. Loncar told Blic Online.

He explained that everything will be presented to citizens and professionals on Friday and Saturday at the discussion.

Doctors in Serbia agree that marijuana could be legalized, but only dosed, and only for medical purposes as an opiate. Dr. Vladimir Kovcin, an oncologist at the hospital “Bezanijska kosa”, says that cannabinoid, one of 60 substances of marijuana, can help patients with incurable diseases. “It cannot cure them, but can improve the quality of life of the patient, to improve their mood, increase apetite and reduce pain,” said Dr. Kovcin.

Luxembourg youth parties join forces

Youth branches of several parties have joined forces to promote decriminalisation. The Young Greens, the Young Democrats, as well as the youth branches of the Pirate Party, the Left Party and the Communist Party have come together to form the so-called “Cannabis Bündnis Luxembourg”.

The aim of this alliance is to introduce legal over-the-counter sales of cannabis for users aged 18 or over, in regulated quantities and with a fixed tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) rate.

Shops selling cannabis would be under state control, with the latter in charge of carrying out controls to ensure the quality of the drug. With sales managed through a micro-chip card this would rule our excessive purchasing. Consumption would be legal in private places, as well as areas designated by the state.

Under the plans, which largely reflect systems in place in several US states, such as Colorado and Washington, the money would go towards drug addiction prevention and awareness, as well as treatment and research.

The alliance also wants to see cannabis grown at controlled plantations, with the state in charge of certifying cultivation. Cannabis without a fixed THC rate should be allowed for research purposes and cannabis “in all its forms” should be available for medicinal purposes, the alliance said in a press statement on Friday.

Finally, Luxembourg law would have to be adapted to reflect the legalisation of cannabis, decriminalising the use of the drug, while also taking into account the danger of black market sales.