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Marijuana in Latvia is cultivated mostly for personal use or for selling in small amounts

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUEver since criminal liability was introduced for circulation of new psychoactive substances, marijuana has been on stable first place in the illegal narcotics market, according to a report on narcotics trade combating measures for 2016.

The number of cases involving confiscation of dried marijuana has increased significantly this year – State Police has performed a total of 647 confiscations in the first nine months of 2016. Marijuana is mostly cultivated for either personal use or selling in small amounts.

Marijuana was confiscated by authorities a total of 664 times, which is one-third more in comparison with the same period of 2015. It is notable that the increase in the number of marijuana confiscation cases is noticed in addition to the decrease in the number of confiscation cases of new psychoactive substances. Methamphetamine is the second most confiscated narcotic substance this year, with 506 confiscation cases, which is also nearly 100 cases more in comparison with the same period of last year. The third most often confiscated illegal substance in Latvia consists of many different kinds of psychotropic drugs, with a total of 396 confiscation cases, as reported by State Police.

In relation to marijuana-related crimes, police note that the number of crimes committed in relation to illegal cultivation of plants containing narcotic substances has nearly doubled in the country in the first nine months. Police have uncovered and closed down 34 illegal marijuana farms this year, nearly twice as many as last year.

State Police have noticed a moderate increase in the number of confiscations of dried marijuana. This is largely related to the decline of circulation of new psychoactive substances on the illegal market.

An analysis of the situation shows that marijuana is mostly cultivated for either personal use or for selling in small amounts. This can be concluded from the amounts of marijuana confiscated by the police. This especially applies to amounts mentioned for personal use – under 2 g. This amount has been confiscated by the police 320 times. Marijuana amounts between 2 g to 10 g have been confiscated 204 times this year.

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