by Scarlet Palmer on 20/12/2011 | Uncategorized

Poland decriminalizes possession of small amounts of cannabis


On December 9, 2011 the Polish parliament voted to amend its law against drug addiction (ustawy o przeciwdzialaniu narkomanii) to give the prosecutors the option not to prosecute for possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use .

This amendment was passed only a month after two Polish Nobel Prize winners –  former President Lech Walesa and the poet Wislawa Szymborska –  signed a call for reductions in sentences for possession of small amounts of drugs.

Faster, cheaper and more effective

A cannabis legalization march in Warsaw, Poland
A cannabis legalization march in Warsaw, Poland

This is not unlike the Portuguese drug policy which has already been in place for  10 years. The former Head of the Polish Ministry of Justice, which commissioned the new law, has repeatedly stated that the changes will allow addicts to be helped more effectively, as well as increasing resources for the fight against hard drug  traffickers.

The Director of the National Bureau for Drug Prevention Wilamowska Barbara, meanwhile, has explained that the amendment should reduce the number of lawsuits.

Finally the director of the Polish Drug Policy, Agnieszka Sieniawska says the new system will be faster, cheaper and more effective as evidenced by Portugal since 2001.

Legalization of all drugs in small amounts

Meanwhile, Polish political party the Palikot Movement is calling for full legalization of all drugs in small amounts. A new party in the Polish political scene, the movement won a surprising 10% of the votes in the last elections in October 2011.

In a bill that should be submitted to Parliament this week, Palikot proposes to limit the possession of cannabis to 30g per person. Maximum amounts have been proposed for all other drugs, and in addition Palikot proposes legalizing the cultivation of cannabis for medicinal use.

One thing is sure, a wind of pragmatism is blowing over several European countries where more and more elected officials want to end the inefficient and costly prohibition of cannabis, and Poland seems eager for change.

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polish citizen

Dont belive it people. Poland didnt decriminalise weed. That law is fake. Prosecutors here are bad, they wont use it. People are still getting arrested and prosecuted for 1gram and less. If you come here to poland allways hide your weed, never ever let police find it on you. First they take you to police station and try to get information where you got it from, if you dont talk they will use light form of tortures like slaping and choking then after 48 hours they will prosecute you. Usually penalties are like 1-2years suspended for 3 years for 0.5-1g
If ammount is bigger like 5g you can go to jail. Thats it, dont belive it it can cost you a lot.

07/01/2012

DexterSinister

We're interested to see how this turns out!

Apparently, Janusz Palikot the head of one of Poland's liberal party is planning to smoke a joint in parliament today (20 Jan 2012). We wish him all the best in his endeavour!

20/01/2012

DexterSinister

Looks like Polish Citizen was right. Oh well. We wish Polish cannabis enthusiasts all the best in continuing the fight against prohibition.

"Prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether Palikot broke a law against “promoting or advertising’’ drugs with his threat to smoke pot in Parliament, the news agency PAP reported. That is a crime that could carry a prison sentence of up to a year."

23/01/2012

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