Latvia: Proposal for decriminalizing drugs could be tabled for debate in Saeima

A proposal to decriminalize drug use might soon be submitted to Saeima for debating, Interior Ministry undersecretary of state Jānis Bekmanis told the press April 12, Latvian Public Broadcasting reports.

Under the current provisions of the Administrative Offenses Code, illegal use of narcotic or psychoactive substances is punishable by official warning or a fine of up to €280. The Criminal Law stipulates a jail term of up to three months, community service or a fine for illegal use of drugs if the offense is committed by person who has been warned of criminal liability for illegal purchase, possession and use of narcotics.

Bekmanis indicated that in the future, narcotics-related policies should increasingly focus on promoting public health and prevention.

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