Slovakia and cannabis

Although it is a landlocked country, it has become a tourist destination because of its beautiful nature – but can you relax in Slovakia?

The Slovak Republic emerged in 1993 after centuries of rule by Russia, Austria, monarchs and others. Beautiful cities, breathtaking nature and affordable prices make the country a tourist hotspot. They receive as many tourists and have residents, so it's a busy place. But what about Slovakia and cannabis? Well, not that groundbreaking.

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Slovakia is a parliamentary democratic republic in which Catholics make up the majority of the population. It is the 46th richest country in the world. The capital Bratislava is the 19th richest region in the European Union, with 90% of citizens owning their own homes. Traditionally more Euro-friendly, it has recently led to a polarization and a backward phase that has had a negative impact on the way cannabis is consumed. The assassination attempt on the prime minister, whose government at least appears open to listening to the benefits of medical marijuana, is another setback.

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Canada, the United States and some European countries are taking a more modern approach to cannabis, allowing for medicinal and, increasingly, full-fledged recreational cannabis. The introduction of a healthy illegal market into the legal sector has had a positive impact on tax revenues and had an unexpected positive impact on the population. The medical community has embraced the plant for its currently known medicinal benefits and is pushing for research. But in Slovakia, marijuana is illegal and possession of even small amounts of the drug (a joint) can result in long prison sentences. A small amount can result in the perpetrator spending up to eight years in prison.

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The country once joined the Czech Republic, which has allowed personal possession since its decriminalization in January 2010. Medical cannabis has been legal since April 1, 2013. Unlike Slovakia, which is predominantly Catholic, Czechs are less religious and have a pragmatic attitude and practical view of the world.

If you are visiting, you should be very careful when bringing or purchasing anything in the country.

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