Brno - The Czech Supreme Court has lowered the amounts of marijuana and pervitin that are considered a criminal possession in the country, from 15 to 10 grams and from 2 to 1.5 grams, respectively, by its decision that its spokesman Petr Knoetig sent to CTK today.
The court says the stricter limits for marijuana and pervitin, also known as methamphetamine or crystal, have been set due to the increasing number of their users and the expansion of large-scale production of the drugs.
For personal use, a person is allowed to carry up to 10 grams of marijuana, 1.5 grams of pervitin, 1.5 grams of heroin, 1 gramme of cocaine, 5 grammes of hashish or four ecstasy tablets. The possession of such a small amount is considered merely a misdemeanour in the Czech Republic.
Until now, the limits were set by a government regulation. The court newly set the limits because the Constitutional Court cancelled a part of the Penal Code that authorised the government to set the limit by its regulation.
The Supreme Court says the limits are only a guideline and other circumstances need to be taken into account, such as the quality of the drug. In general, an amount of the drug that is several times higher than a usual dose should be considered a criminal possession.
The court discussed the drug possession limits with a number of judiciary, drug prevention and medical institutions.
The court points to "alarming increase" in the revealed marijuana-growing facilities and the quality of the marijuana produced in the country since 2007.
"Mostly the Vietnamese ethnic minority is involved in this criminal activity," the court writes in its decision.
In case of pervitin, its production was originally limited to a community of drug users. But organised groups have taken over most of the production and pervitin is smuggled abroad, the court says.