Europe: Czech Government Announces Decriminalization Quantities; Law Goes Into Effect on New Year’s Day

The Czech cabinet Monday approved a Justice Ministry proposal that sets personal use quantity limits for illicit drugs under a penal code revision that decriminalizes drug possession in the Czech Republic. The law and its quantity limits will take effect on January 1. The Czech government had approved the decriminalization law late last year, but failed to set precise quantities covered by it, instead leaving it to police and prosecutors to determine what constituted a “larger than small” amount of drugs. The resulting confusion--and the prosecution of some small-scale marijuana growers as drug traffickers--led the government to adopt more precise criteria. Under the new law, possession of less than the following amounts of illicit drugs will not be a criminal offense: Marijuana 15 grams (or five plants) Hashish 5 grams Magic mushrooms 40 pieces Peyote 5 plants LSD 5 tablets Ecstasy 4 tablets Amphetamine 2 grams Methamphetamine 2 grams Heroin 1.5 grams Coca 5 plants Cocaine 1 gram Possession of “larger than a small amount” of marijuana can result in a jail sentence of up to one year. For other illicit drugs, the sentence is two years. Trafficking offenses carry stiffer sentences. Justice Minister Daniela Kovarova said that the ministry had originally proposed decriminalizing the possession of up to two grams of hard drugs, but decided that limits being imposed by courts this year were appropriate. "The government finally decided that it would stick to the current court practice and drafted a table based on these limits," Kovarova said. The Czech Republic now joins Portugal as a European country that has decriminalized drug possession.
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Whoa

So you can have all that stuff at once? And what does "40 pieces" of shrooms mean? Could you have 40 pieces that weigh 8 grams each? Because that would be wild.

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Czech that out!

Whoa is right, Scott. Until you mentioned it I didn't even think about the question of having the whole darn menu of acceptable quantities. That would make for quite a party indeed...
But, seriously, it should shame our government to see other governments around the globe acting rationally to advance humanitarian solutions and harm reduction strategies while here in the good ole USA it's cruel and unusual punishment, as usual...

now what?

So, I am just now learning of the amazing recent changes in Czech laws, mostly because I am currently in Prague for the next week or so. But I speak ZERO Czech (or German which seems to be almost as good). It might be legal, but I'm pretty sure none of the souvenir shops have any bud amongst their postcards and shot glasses. I haven't had much, if any trouble, finding it in several countries other countries where it is still illegal, but no luck in the last few days here! (Not for a lack of effort either!)

Does anyone have any good advice/suggestions/experience in the Czech Rep?

In a a corner of the square

In a a corner of the square under a arch and beside a tattoo and piercing shop theres a bar called "alternative bar" you go down the stairs to the bar and go to the counter ask for a drink and you can buy up to 5 grams of weed!

legal Eccy

about time, well done

Finally some sense!

Love Czech I am relocating there ASAP to become a full on druggie.

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