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Luxembourg facing medical cannabis shortages

Luxembourg is running low on medical cannabis as the country's sole supplier is struggling to meet demand, Health Minister Paulette Lenert has said. Earlier this year, Luxembourg was also facing a shortage of medical cannabis and authorities had to find new suppliers. 

On 28 October, authorities had received 13.5 kilograms of cannabis from their supplier Tilray, but stocks were already running low three weeks later, with just a third left, Lenert said in response to a parliamentary reply on Monday. The current stock contains 9% THC, while no cannabis with a THC level of 18% - the other quality that Luxembourg also normally orders - is in stock at the moment, Lenert said, citing quality and production issues at the supplier's end. 

The news came as Luxembourg had to scale back plans to fully legalize the production and sale of adult-use cannabis, something Prime Minister Xavier Bettel had promised when he was re-elected in 2018.

The country expects a next delivery in December, Lenert said.

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