Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Civil association calls for decriminalisation of marihuana

Activists from the Free Choice civil association protested outside parliament against the draft of the new Penal Code which introduces much stricter sentences for possessing and selling narcotics, news wire SITA reported.

Free Choice is in favour of decriminalising the possession of marihuana, and claim that people should have a choice whether or not to take soft drugs.

Its representative, Kika Kostková, said criminal law does not sufficiently distinguish between a drug user and a drug dealer, and ignores the principle of fairness of sanctions.

She pointed out that one could be sentenced from four to ten years in prison for even possessing soft drugs. Such legal penalties would thus rank with criminal acts of causing serious bodily harm, child abandonment, blackmail, the possession of weapons of mass destruction, and child trafficking.

However, Beata Brestenská, deputy of the Alliance of a New Citizen (ANO) countered that marihuana users should necessarily be penalised.

Peter Body, of the Free Forum (SF), proposes distinguishing in law between the term soft and hard drugs. In his view he considers punishments for drug dealers and drug users, as proposed by the Justice Ministry, as adequate.

František Mikloško of the Christian-Democratic Movement (KDH) agrees with prison sentences proposed in the new Criminal Code, arguing that at the beginning of democracy one has to be cautious to the point of strictness, so that matters of social concern do not get out of control. He does not reject further discussion on this topic.

Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).