Czech Republic Exemplifies Smart and Humane Drug Policy | Open Society Foundations | HumanRight |

In light of these results and after a number of years of further consideration of scientific evidence, the Czech Republic removed criminal sanctions from individual possession and use. Measures were also taken to reflect the government’s view that cannabis is less harmful than other drugs and should be recognized as such in the law. As a result, people convicted of minor drug offenses as misdemeanors have good access to health and social services they may need and do not have to deal with the social exclusion that comes from having a criminal record. The police are also able to keep their focus on larger-scale trafficking and violent crimes.