Copenhagen Aims to Legalize Recreational Cannabis
Copenhagen city council aims to launch a trial scheme that would see cannabis sold legally across the Danish capital.
Marijuana is illegal for recreational use in the Scandinavian nation, although it has been unofficially tolerated in the Copenhagen neighbourhood of Freetown Christiania for many years. The city council wants to see it legalized in order to tackle the thriving criminal market and make it safer for youngsters.
Denmark has a new government after left-wing parties won an overall majority in this summer’s general election. Social Democrats leader Mette Frederiksen was installed as Prime Minister on June 27, with parliamentary support from the Social Liberals, Socialist People’s Party, Red-Green Alliance, the Faroese Social Democratic Party, and the Inuit Ataqatigiit and Siumut.
Socialist People’s Party councillor Klaus Mygind, a member of the Copenhagen municipality’s children and youth committee, said that the arrival of a new government offers the city a good opportunity to reiterate its calls for cannabis legalization.
“Now we have had 50 years of prohibition, and it has not helped anything, so I think that the time must be for us to do something new,” said Gyda Heding, another member of the city council.
In total, 44 of the 55 representatives on the city council support a proposal to establish a handful of legal cannabis dispensaries across Copenhagen. There would be five or six of these outlets, staffed by advisors with specialist training.
However, the Danish government reiterated that is opposes recreational cannabis legalization. Minister for Health Magnus Heunicke said it has various detrimental side effects and it does not endorse the proposed scheme, but the City Council still plans to put it to the central government and argue its case.
Medical cannabis use has been legal in Denmark since January 2018. Leading Canadian producer Aurora Cannabis (TSX: ACB) has an operation in Denmark, as does Aphria Inc. (TSX: APHA).
Producers in Denmark are permitted to export bulk shipments around the world, allowing it to become a major supplier of medicinal cannabis to neighbouring Germany, the largest market in Europe. Yet criminal gangs continue to control the supply of recreational marijuana to Danes.
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Copenhagen city council aims to launch a trial scheme that would see cannabis sold legally across the Danish capital, but central government is not keen.
Marijuana in Denmark
Is “weed” legal in Denmark?
No, Marijuana in the country of Denmark is illegal. While many Danes are willing to tolerate its use, any weed-related activities, such as the growing, smoking, possession or selling of cannabis, is punishable by law.
According to Denmark’s Euphoriants Substances Act, “the import, export, sale, purchase, delivery, receipt, production, processing and possession” of marijuana are classified as criminal offenses. As set down in Danish Criminal Code, section 191, the punishment of a fine or a maximum of two years is enforceable.
For the first offense of possession, a fine is the standard reprimand. However, the Chief Public Prosecutor may allow a warning for up to 10 grams of hash or 50 grams of marijuana. Warnings are only issued in cases of personal possession and are only used in very limited circumstances. During sentencing, a prosecutor will consider if the cannabis was intended for personal use or not. Harsher sentences may be imposed if a person possesses an excessive amount of marijuana, around 10 kg and it is determined that it was intended for distribution and large profit. I found out that a sentence may be extended to up to ten years or up to sixteen years in prison for more severe violations.
Traveling to Denmark with Weed
When traveling to Denmark, it is in a traveler’s best interest to avoid marijuana possession, use or any attempt to bring it into the country. The officers at Danish customs won’t be pleased. As a visitor to Denmark, any traveler who brings marijuana into the country will be subject to Danish law regarding illegal drug importation and possession. Also, depending on the quantity, a person may be subject to deportation.
While legal in several states in the United States, medical marijuana in forms other than the ones mentioned below, remain illegal in Denmark. Furthermore, possession and use while in the country is punishable by Danish law as described above.
Where You Can Smoke Weed
Go to the Copenhagen hippie district, Christiania. On Pusher Street, the central street of Christiania, you can almost get anything here – pot, skunk, hash, hash oil, pre-rolled joints – a wide selection of ganja for the experienced smoker or the first-timer. Nine hundred people live here and it is where everyone in Denmark buys their hash. As a visitor, avoid this area at night, though.
Medical Marijuana in Denmark
According to Danish law, Marinol and Sativex, two cannabinoid-based drugs, are the only legal forms of medical marijuana. In addition, both drugs can only be prescribed to patients with multiple sclerosis or certain types of cancer. Therefore, it is considered illegal for any citizen to possess other forms of marijuana. It is not advised for travelers to bring any type of medical marijuana into the country, regardless of the legality of marijuana in a person’s home country and/or state.
Denmark’s Euphoriants Substance Act also prohibits the import and export of drugs and is punishable both under the Euphoriants Substances Act and section 191 of the Criminal Code. Possession of cannabis for the purpose of distribution will usually result in imprisonment.
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Despite any traveler who brings marijuana into the country will be subject to Danish laws, this guide covers what you should know about marijuana in Denmark.