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I know that buying and selling marijuana in Prague is illegal. As I were there in October 2012 I haven't seen any coffeeshops, but I have seen a lot of people smoking weed in bars or on the streets, even on the Charles Bridge. Is it legal to possess and smoke weed or just tolerated?

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I have found some information on

There is a partial decriminalisation of drugs in the Czech Republic – However, beware: decriminalisation does not equal legalisation! Possession of drugs for one’s own use is not punishable, that is, you will not go to prison, however, the possession of drugs is also judged as an offence. What does this mean? If the Police catch you smoking a joint, for example, or discover other drugs on you, they will probably confiscate them and you will face a possible penalty of up to 15,000 CZK (approx. 600 EUR). Possession of the following quantities of drugs is not a criminal act:

  • 15 grams of Marijuana
  • 5 grams of Hashish
  • 1.5 grams of Heroin
  • 2 grams of Pervitin
  • 1 gram of Cocaine
  • 4 pills or capsules of Ecstasy
  • 5 pills, papers or crystals of LSD
  • 40 halucinogenous mushrooms

There is also information on the site that says that growing 5 plants of Marijuana for personal use is permitted in the Czech Republic. It seems to be true, because there are 2 shops in Prague that are selling seeds and equipment.

I found another website that is selling marijuana seeds. They say that they are shipping only to countries where having marijuana seeds is legal:

  • United Kingdom
  • Czech Republic
  • Belgium
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Small Amounts are legal. Transport and cultivation are decriminalized. It is still illegal to sell it though. The legal amount for possession is up to 15 grams.

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what about smoking on the street? legal or just tolerated? – Dirty-flow Feb 14 '13 at 16:55
Smoking in the streets is just tolerated, you could potentially be charged with a misdemeanor. – randy Feb 14 '13 at 17:10
Do you have a reference for your claim? – André Peseur Feb 14 '13 at 17:25
"Decriminalized" != Legal. Marijuana is decriminalized in many jurisdictions in the US, but still illegal - in most of those it is a violation punishable by a small fine, similar to, for instance, drinking in public, or jaywalking. You've used the two terms interchangeably however, so this answer is not helpful. – LessPop_MoreFizz Feb 15 '13 at 1:19
I think the main thing is that legal != legal, that term has at least two common meanings in English, namely “explicitly allowed in statutes” and “not punished by the legal system”. It could be expressed more carefully but terminological quibbles aside, I find the answer useful. – Relaxed May 23 '13 at 15:45

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