Graz Mayor Wants €100 Fine for Cannabis Users

The Mayor of Graz wants to introduce €100 administrative fines for people caught with small amounts of cannabis in a bid to tackle drug dealing in the city.The proposal from Mayor Siegfried Nagl (ÖVP) is a direct challenge to the amended National Narcotics Act, which says people caught with small amounts of cannabis should be provided treatment from the health department rather than be punished.

Nagl says that these amendments, which will come into effect on January 1, will cause administrative headaches while not curbing “a single dealer”, adding: “The law is bad, it is bureaucratic and will incur costs.”

By administering on-the-spot fines and confiscating the drugs instead, Nagl said, the city could curb “open dealing on the benches, parks and streets” and “the dealer then has no business”.

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