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New Penal Code stirs drug debate

ACTIVISTS from Free Choice protested outside parliament against the new Penal Code draft which introduces much stricter sentences for possessing and selling narcotics, news wire SITA reports.

Free Choice wants to legalise the possession of marijuana. The civil association claims that people should have a choice to take soft drugs.

Association representative, Kika Kostková, said current criminal law does not sufficiently distinguish between a drug user and a drug dealer.

She pointed out that possession of soft drugs such as marijuana carries a four- to ten-year prison sentence - the same penalty for causing serious bodily harm, child abandonment, blackmail, the possession of weapons of mass destruction, and child trafficking.

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