Lithuanian president opposes marijuana decriminalization

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda has said he opposes the idea of ​​decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of cannabis in the country.

Medical cannabis is legal in Lithuania, as is the production and sale of CBD.

“At the moment, I am against this idea because I believe that we have so far failed in our fight against the spread of drugs in schools and among young people, who are the future of our state,” Gitanas said. Friday, answering questions from the audience.

Before any action can be taken to decriminalize the possession of these substances, the President said, drug distribution among young people must be stopped.

“It doesn’t seem convincing to me when someone says that we will liberalize this area a little, and then move on to education and various other projects. We are changing the order of things in this place. I think that we must first educate and work to stop this evil and negative trend. And then it will be possible to talk about legislative initiatives,” he said.

Earlier in December, the Lithuanian parliament approved a proposal to supplement the code of administrative offenses with fines for possession of a small amount of cannabis, but failed to remove this offense from the criminal code in a separate vote.

Within the framework of this project, in case of repeated violation, fines ranging from 300 to 1000 euros will be imposed. Either way, the cannabis will be confiscated. The amount of cannabis that should be considered small will be decided by the Ministry of Health.

Parliament also approved a proposal by Jonas Varkalis of the Liberal Movement that a person found to be using marijuana three times a year should visit an addiction treatment center and undergo an addiction treatment program designed by a psychiatrist.

Possession of a small amount of any kind of drugs is currently criminalized in Lithuania.

In 2018, the Lithuanian parliament twice rejected amendments aimed at decriminalizing drug possession in small quantities.

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