Comments on: Bull on the Page: The Czech Invasion Sun, 23 Sep 2018 10:13:29 +0000 hourly 1 By: Bungameng Sun, 26 Jan 2014 20:44:23 +0000 I have a few points on the Czech drug laws.

Firstly, the Czech criminal code decriminilized possession of drugs for personal use already in 1999, when the magic fromula of “amount larger than small” was introduced. The judicial practice was that this meant more then a tenfold of a daily amount used by an average consumer.

In 2010, the Ministry of Interior adopted a Regulation which specified what “larger than small” actually meant, e.g. 15 grams of marijuana, 1 g of heroin,, 1,5 g of cocain, etc. This regulation made a lot of fuzz in the international newspapers, though it did not change much in reality. Last year, a court in Liberec was deciding a case where the accused had amount larger than what was the amount legal under the Regulation; the court was disatisfied with the fact that it should base its criminal ruling on the basis of a mere Regulation and asked the Constitutional Court to abolish the Regulation as unconstitutional (according to Art. 8(2) “No one may be prosecuted or deprived of her liberty except on the grounds and in the manner specified by law.”) Which the ConCourt did, so the situation is back to pre-2010 state with courts deciding based on the facts of case what consitutes “larger than small” rather than on the Regulation (altough the base amounts in the Regulation will be generally followed by the police and prosecutors also in the future).

Secondly, the legalization of small amounts of any drugs was less important than legalization of growing own pot. Under the Regulation, up to 5 plants for personal use were considered legal (in fact it remains misdemeanor, but without warrant nobody may enter home to check it, and no judge will ever issue warrant for a couple of marijuana plants). Again, the Regulation was abolished, but the police and prosecutors will continue with the No. 5 since it is the judicial practice anyway.

Thirdly, the legalization of marijuana, especially of possibility to grow it, actually broke up the need of pot users to be in contact with drug dealers. Therefore legalization effectively became a barrier of marijuana being a starting drug to more serious stuff – nobody offers you anything stronger while selling you weed simply because you grow your own and don’t buy it from anyone.

Forthly, and what is really curious, the use of drugs in the Czech Republic fell since the legalization. While the number of junkies is about the same, there are less recreational users since it lost the appeal of something forbiden.

Finally, it is just a different mindset. The Czechs are liberal in ways that are unimaginable not only in Poland but in most other European countries. Drugs, guns, prostitution, freedom of speech (apart from hate crimes), etc… Basically, as long as you don’t harm anyone else, the goverment keeps hands off. You need not only change on drug policy, but complete change of mindset regarding where the government’s place is as regards its intervention into your private life.

By: Malcolm Kyle Sun, 26 Jan 2014 14:12:58 +0000 Ending the insanity of drug prohibition by legalized regulation, respecting the rights of the responsible users, and focusing on addiction as a sickness (just like we do with alcohol and tobacco), may save what remains of our economy and civil institutions, along with countless lives and livelihoods. Prohibition continues unabated for shameful political reasons. It cannot, and never will, reduce drug use or addiction.

Prohibition has permanently scarred our national character as well as our individual psyches. Our national policies and cultural practices have become pervaded by the fascist/prohibitionist mind-set. A mind-set that has turned our domestic police force into a bunch of paramilitary thugs, who often commit extra-judicial beatings and executions while running roughshod over our rights in order to “protect us from ourselves”.

When we eventually manage to put the horrors of this moronothon behind us, we’ll need to engage in some very deep and honest soul-searching as to what we want to be as a nation. Many of our freedoms have been severely circumscribed, or lost altogether. Our economy has been trashed and our international reputation for being “free and fair” has been dragged through a putrid sewer by vicious narrow-minded drug warrior zealots who are ignorant of abstract concepts such as truth, justice and decency. We’ll need to make sure that such a catastrophe is never ever repeated. This may mean that public hearings or tribunals will be held where those who’ve been the instigators and cheerleaders of this abomination will have to answer for their serious crimes against our once prosperous and proud nation.

By: Alex Wolf Sun, 26 Jan 2014 04:43:38 +0000 Agreed fully as to kids and drugs.

Otherwise, ROFL. So happens, I am NOT a Liberal in the American sense. And you need to hire detectives to help you find a sense of humor.


By: A.G. SADOWSKI Sun, 26 Jan 2014 04:31:20 +0000 B.S. Liberal thinking at its worst.

Kids are precious. Drugs are not; except to the providers.

By: Alex Wolf Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:36:19 +0000 Mike – Do not disparage Sarah Palin. She and the other leading lights of the glorious Tea Party have mightily contributed to the revival of the American economy since the 2008 financial crisis. Their contribution lies in discrediting their extreme Far Right and preventing it from getting elected. They did not have such intention, but they did it.

Secondly, Sarah made a lot of money from suckers who pay to hear her lectures and to read her books. In that, she is a wise woman. If she were in Poland, she might have given the Reverend Rydzyk huge
competition. Perhaps they would have joined forces.