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Cannabis Reform in Belgium: What Changes Does the Latest Report Propose

Belgium faces challenges in drug policy, especially with cannabis. Recent Senate reports highlight flaws in the current system, urging reforms to adapt to modern realities. Dating back to 1921, the unchanged law creates legal and social complications. The report underscores ambiguity in regulations. Debate over reform is divided, focusing on public health and crime concerns versus potential benefits of legalization.




Belgium, like many countries around the world, faces drug policy challenges, particularly in the context of cannabis. Recent Senate reports shed light on the failures of the current system, pointing to the need for reforms and adapting the law to contemporary realities and social challenges.

The origins of Belgian drug policy date back to 1921, when a law was established to regulate and control drug trafficking. For over a hundred years, this law has remained almost unchanged, which today leads to numerous complications and problems, both legal and social.

The Senate report clearly points to the ambiguity of the current regulations, which not only makes their application difficult, but also introduces society into a state of legal uncertainty. This, in turn, undermines citizens’ trust in the justice system. Additionally, the report notes that the increase in THC concentration in cannabis varieties available on the black market is a direct result of the current prohibition.

Belgium, like many countries around the world, faces drug policy challenges, particularly in the context of cannabis. Source

Statistics and realities of cannabis consumption in Belgium

The report shows that around a quarter of the Belgian population has had experience with cannabis, and 8% of those who consume it show consumption patterns that could be considered problematic. These data highlight the urgent need to rethink existing regulations in the context of public health and social safety.

The political debate on drug policy reform in Belgium is deeply divided. On the one hand, there are reformers such as Julien Uyttendaele, who propose easing regulations and introducing solutions such as cannabis clubs aimed at limiting the black market. On the other hand, conservative voices like MR’s Philippe Dodrimont emphasize the health and social risks associated with legalization.

Reform proposals are hotly debated in Belgian society. Supporters of change argue that the current system not only fails to stop consumption, but contributes to the increase in drug-related crime. Opponents of the change fear that legalization could lead to increased consumption among young people and worsen health problems, but these fears are regularly allayed by studies conducted in countries where cannabis is legal.

Conclusions and recommendations of the report

The report ends with a series of recommendations, including a call for a new, more transparent and fair legal system. It is also recommended that people using cannabis for personal purposes and not disturbing public order have access to free psychological and medical counseling.

The reform of drug policy in Belgium is not only an opportunity to adapt the law to the realities of the 21st century, but also an opportunity to increase public safety and health. The discussion about the future of cannabis in Belgium is far from over, but it is clear that the current system requires significant changes.


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Arturo Garcia started out as a political writer for a local newspaper in Peru, before covering big-league sports for national broadsheets. Eventually he began writing about innovative tech and business trends, which let him travel all over North and South America. Currently he is exploring the world of Bitcoin and cannabis, two hot commodities which he believes are poised to change history.