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Bill To Legalise Homebrewing In Iceland Submitted Again To Parliament

If a new bill becomes law, homebrewing of alcohol for personal consumption could be made legal in Iceland.

The bill in question, submitted by the Pirate Party with support from MPs from the Reform Party, the Independence Party and the Social Democrats, would simply involve removing three words from Chapter 2 Article 4 of the existing alcohol law: “or personal consumption”. In other words, homebrewing in order to sell alcohol would remain illegal should this bill pass, but Icelanders would be able to brew at home for personal use without fear of reprisals.

Despite the multipartisan support, it should not be taken as a given that the bill will be made law. It was last introduced in the 2015-2016 parliamentary session, but was never taken up for discussion.

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