Czech government approves personal possession

Prague - The Czech government today approved a list of hallucinogenic plants and mushrooms, including cannabis, coca, mescaline cacti and magic mushrooms, which states that people would be allowed to grow up to five specimens of such plants and forty magic mushrooms at home.

The cabinet would also discuss permitted amounts of synthetic drugs in people's possession. This debate however was postponed for two weeks.

The new Penal Code, which will take effect on January 1, is designed to specify the government's directive. It contains a special provision on the growth of cannabis and magic mushrooms.

The law distinguishes between the possession of marijuana and hashish for personal usage, for which people face up to one year in prison, from the possession of other drugs for which they can receive up to two years in prison.

According to the proposal of the Ministry of Justice that the government did not approve yet, the possession of over 15 grams of dried marijuana or over two grams of methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin will be punishable by law.

Up until now the tolerated amount of drugs that an individual could legally possess was defined by internal directives of the police. Thus no one knew what amount would be considered "larger than a small amount of the drug," the possession of which would be punishable by the law.

If the government approves the ministry's proposal two weeks from now, people will be able to have four pills of ecstasy in their possession and up to five grams of hashish.

Source: http://www.ceskenoviny.cz

Terence McKenna on Prague ("Bohemia"): The Idler, 1993