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Published on 7 October 2007  by encod

LEGAL SITUATION OF CANNABIS IN EUROPE

A GREY ZONE



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To set up a Cannabis Social Club, you need to check the legal possibilities in your country. In most European countries, cannabis legislation and practice are two very different things. In theory, production, distribution and consumption of cannabis that contains more than 0,3 % of THC is forbidden in all countries, following the legislation that is based on the UN Conventions on Illicit Drugs. In practice, most European authorities have installed a grey zone, where it is up to the individual policeman or judge to apply these laws.

The grey zone is the achievement of European citizens who in spite of all the drug war madness that has been imposed on them the past 40 years, have continued to practice their belief in the benefits of cannabis, not only for themselves, but for the entire world. Since the end of the 1960’s, they have claimed that the only way to increase these benefits and reduce eventual harms related to cannabis is by abolishing cannabis prohibition. But that is a measure that no national government in Europe is prepared to take yet.

If you click on the countries listed below, you will find an overview of the state of cannabis legislation and practice made by national drug policy reform groups, members of ENCOD, as well their contact adresses. Please feel free to comment the texts and suggest updating.

AUSTRIA

BELGIUM

BULGARIA

CZECH REPUBLIC

DENMARK

FINLAND

FRANCE

GERMANY

HUNGARY

ITALY

MACEDONIA

NETHERLANDS

PORTUGAL

RUSSIA

SPAIN

SWITZERLAND

UNITED KINGDOM

Map on Cannabis Laws in Europe (Wikipedia)

According to the European Monitoring Centre on Drugs and Drug Addiction in Europe, lifetime experience of cannabis use is reported by 20-25% of the adult population in Europe. So one out of every 4 European adults has been or still is in the grey zone. Let’s make sure it does not turn black.





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The European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies, is a pan-European network of currently 160 NGO’s and individual experts involved in the drug issue on a daily base. We are the European section of an International Coalition, which consists of more than 400 NGOs from around the world that have adhered to a Manifesto for Just and Effective Drug Policies (established in 1998). Among our members are organisations of cannabis and other drug users, of health workers, researchers, grassroot activists as well as companies.


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