The issue of a no-tolerance policy in recreational marijuana use is back in the news after a young 17 year old boy was found with a miniscule 0.1g of grass, but who could face a prison sentence for his habit all the same.
The news server Topky.sk published an article about the case today. It cites Trencin police spokesman Pavol Kudlicka as saying the youngster would be subject to a 3-year sentence for possession, but this punishment is halved as he is still a minor.
The police charged the youngster under the crime of illegal manufacture of narcotic and psychotropic substances, poisons and precursors, their possession and trade.
The news portal quotes MP for the Freedom and Solidarity party (SaS) Martin Poliačik as saying in disgust: “I hope Mr policemen are proud of themselves and get a bonus. They have removed criminality from the streets”, while candidate for Ordinary People Laco Durkovic added “When will this craziness end in this country?”.
The SaS party has always been a staunch supporter of decriminalising soft drugs like marijuana as it does not agree that young people should have a criminal record slapped on them for such soft drug use.
Just across the border in the Czech Republic, you can possess up to 6 of your own marijuana plants and 15 grams of pure weed on your person and not receive any charges as this ever popular herb has been decriminalised there and the personal use of other drugs is also tolerated to a large extent.