Spain employs a relatively lenient drug policy in comparison to the United States. Over the past few decades, Spanish drug policy has been modified to follow a harm reduction model and the personal use of drugs has been decriminalized. In Spain, drug use and possession are not subject to criminal prosecution; however, administrative penalties exist for individuals found guilty of such offenses in public places. Growth and personal production of drugs is permissible by law only if carried out on private property. Drug sale and production intended for sale are considered criminal offenses and are punishable by incarceration. Possession of relatively large quantities of drugs, such as those intended for the drug trafficking market, is a crime at the national level and considered to be ...

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