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Cocaine in Spain

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A review of Spanish regulations of drug use and trafficking, mainly in current Penal Code of 1995, is made.

 

Sentences given by the Supreme Court are also reviewed. The Spanish laws have not an specific regulation on some questions related with drugs. Due to this, jurisprudence is extraordinarily useful to resolve open legal questions in this field. In Spain, illicit drugs are considered those which are so catalogued in international treaties, as cocaine in any presentation. Drug consumption is not considered as an offence, but it is punished with a fine.

 

In the same way, it is permitted drug possession for self-use. Drug trafficking is punished with imprisonment, which duration depends on the risk for the health of the substance and on the severity of criminal behaviour. The

 

Spanish Penal Code distinguishes between 'soft' and 'hard' drugs, based on the risk for health. Cocaine is considered as a 'hard' drug, and its trafficking is punished with imprisonment with a minimum of three years and a maximum of twenty years and three months.

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