Belgium: Court Clarifies That Cannabis Smokers Are To Receive Verbal Warning; And Keep The Cannabis

Brussels, Belgium: Police will issue a verbal warning to anyone found in possession of three grams or less of marijuana, in accordance with new nationwide guidelines which took effect this week. Under the new guidelines, law enforcement is instructed not to confiscate the marijuana.

The new policy clarifies a 2003 law liberalizing the possession and private use of small quantities of marijuana, but which had been struck down by the Courts last year as overly vague. The new guidelines are expected to stay in effect until Parliament approves an amended version of the 2003 law.

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