Slovak Government Withdraws Drug Decriminalisation Proposal

A bill decriminalising the use and possession of small amounts of drugs has been withdrawn from the Slovakian Parliament, mainly because of opposition from government coalition partner the Slovak National Party. After the coalition partners disagreed over the draft bill, Justice Minister Lucia Žitňanská withdrew it from the agenda on 21 February. The governing Smer Party has been rather passive on the issue, while the opposition Freedom and Solidarity party says it has always been speaking solely about the decriminalisation of marijuana but not drugs such as cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine.