The role of the quantity in the prosecution of drug offences

European Legal Database on Drugs (ELDD) Comparative Study
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)
April 2003

publicationAll countries use legal or judicial means to grade the severity of the offence of drug possession and related actions. Frequently this is done by reference to the quantity of drugs involved in the offence, and some countries choose to indicate certain quantities as the threshold between the levels of offence or punishment. This paper examines whether or not such quantities are defined in the various EU Member States and Norway and, if so, how.

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