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January 10, 2010
Czech Republic relaxes drug possession and plant growth laws effective Jan. 1, 2010
The Czech government set the drug possession limits under which the possession of up to 1.5 grammes of heroin, up to one gramme of cocaine and up to two grammes of methamphetamine (pervitine) will not be punishable as of January 1, 2010.
Czechs will also be able to legally possess up to 15 grammes of marijuana, according to the Justice Ministry's proposal approved by the government.
Justice Minister Daniela Kovarova drafted the proposal on the basis of the current court practice.
Kovarova told CTK that last week the authors of the proposal met experts and agreed that the limits used in the current court practice were acceptable.
Initially, the proposal allowed for the legal possession of up to two grammes of hard drugs, she said.
"The government finally decided that it would stick to the current court practice and drafted a table based on these limits," Kovarova said.
The government approved the list of hallucinogenic plants and mushrooms, including hemp, coca, mescaline cactus and magic mushrooms, and decided that people would be allowed to grow up to five pieces of such plants and keep 40 magic mushrooms at home.
The government's directive is specified by the new Penal Code that took effect on January 1.
The code contains a special provision on the growth of hemp and magic mushrooms.
The government's directive concerns the possession of the following drugs:
Pervitine (methamphetamine) - more than two grammes
Heroin - more than 1.5 grammes
Cocaine - more than one gramme
Amphetamine - more than two grammes
Ecstasy - more than four tablets
Marijuana - more than 15 grammes
Hashish - more than five grammes
Magic mushrooms etc. - more than 40 pieces
LSD - five tablets
Source: Prague Daily Monitor