Cannabis cafés, public holidays and rental agency fees are among the issues petitioners are tackling in the latest series of petitions to go live online in Luxembourg.
Petition 1031 calls for the legalisation of cannabis through coffee shops, as in the Netherlands, in a bid to curb drug-related crime. The petitioner proposes shops sell no more than 5 grams of the drug per person and do not sell to minors. Such coffee shops should be located beyond 500 metres of any school, meanwhile, the sale of any other kinds of drugs would remain illegal. “This would both relieve the police and create jobs. Furthermore, the country would have another source of income,” the petitioner wrote.
Petition 1033 calls for a legal basis to be applied to real estate agencies charging fees to renters. The author points out that agency fees cost around the equivalent of one month’s rent plus VAT. He suggests it would be more logical for the property owner, who contracts an agency to rent out his property, to pay the agency fee.
Finally, petition 1026 calls for the pentecost Tuesday to be made a public holiday in Luxembourg, or a Unesco heritage holiday, since it coincides with the Echternach hopping procession, which is on the Unesco intangible cultural heritage list.
Anyone may sign a petition in Luxembourg provided they are aged 15 or over and have a social security card for Luxembourg. Petitions which garner 4,500 or more signatures will be debated in parliament.