Drug laws and drug law offences in Lithuania 2017

Lithuania Country Drug Report 2017

Drug laws and drug law offences

National drug laws

In Lithuania, the Criminal Code came into force in May 2003, with further changes in 2010 to tighten custodial sentences.

Consumption of drugs is an administrative offence, punishable by a fine. Possession of a small amount of an illicit drug with no intent to distribute it may be punished by a fine or administrative arrest, while possession of more than the defined small amount is a criminal offence, which carries a sentence of up to two years’ imprisonment.

Drug traffickers may be sentenced to between two and eight years’ imprisonment, which increases to 8-10 years or 10-15 years, depending on the quantities involved and the presence of aggravating circumstances (e.g. the involvement of minors or an organised group). A Ministry of Health regulation defines small, large and very large quantities of all drugs.

NPS are controlled by adding them to the List of Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Prohibited to Use For Medical Purposes, introducing either a new substance or a substance group.

Legal penalties: the possibility of incarceration for possession of drugs for personal use (minor offence)

NB Year of data 2015.

Reported drug law offences and offenders in Lithuania

NB Year of data 2015.

Drug law offences

Drug law offence (DLO) data are the foundation for monitoring drug-related crime and are also a measure of law enforcement activity and drug market dynamics; they may be used to inform policies on the implementation of drug laws and to improve strategies.

The statistical data on DLOs from Lithuania indicate that there has been an increase in the number of DLOs since 2003, when harsher laws were adopted. According to the Ministry of the Interior, more than half of the DLOs in 2015 were linked to the possession of psychotropic substances for purposes other than distribution


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