Germany, Luxembourg, Malta and the Netherlands discuss cannabis legalization at historic meeting

Top officials from Germany, Luxembourg, Malta and the Netherlands held a historic meeting last week to discuss plans and challenges associated with recreational cannabis legalization as a growing number of nations across Europe pursue reform.

This is the first in what’s expected to be a series of multilateral discussions, which may well be expanded out to include other countries in the European Union and elsewhere. Advocates say the meeting of the regional neighbors could prove critical, both as a means of coordinating future cannabis regulations and addressing any resistance from the United Nations (UN), which currently bars member states from legalizing cannabis.

No decisions were made at the initial summit, but the officials from Germany, Luxembourg, and Malta released a joint statement afterward outlining mutual areas of interest and asserting that they have a “common understanding” that “the status quo is not a tenable option,” which means countries must review the data and consider paths forward for cannabis regulation.

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