Penalty orders 2013

Penalty order Pfäffikon

The fees are higher than the buses:

Penalty order Bülach

A different approach applies to the governor's office: here the fine alone already costs 300 francs, with fees over 330 francs this makes a total of 630 francs. For something weed and admitted consumption over half a year. Well understood at the first time of being caught.

Penalty order Zurich

You can't help it… Even for a mere 0.5 grams there is 250 francs. Although the offence was committed before 1 October 2013, the sentence was handed down after that date. A first indication that the authorities probably do not want to apply the provisions on the penalty-free small amount (10 grams of cannabis)….


Penalty order Zurich

Smoking a joint and the police are watching: this is the classic case for an administrative fine. However, as these only became possible from 1 October 2013, the city of Zurich's standard fine for a reported cannabis consumption came into play once again.


Example of a police check 2013

It was a wonderful day at the beginning of September. The sun was shining, it was warm and I was out and about in Zurich with a great young woman, Beatrice. We both do not come from Zurich, knew the Platzspitz only as a cozy park to chill. Therefore, it was relatively quickly clear that we would spend the afternoon there. We chatted and laughed a lot, enjoyed the beautiful weather. At some point Beatrice suggested to smoke something. I agreed. Beatrice always has good weed with her, knows her stuff and makes very socially acceptable joints. I also smoke pot from time to time, but I never have anything with me to build. It's not the flash that attracts me to smoking pot, but the cosy get-together, the ritual of building a joint together and smoking it together while having a good chat.

When we had almost finished smoking the joint, a man and a woman approached us. Caught. The two plainclothes policemen took everything from us and started a search. It has to be said that they were very nice, the young policeman seemed really reluctant to search us at all, his colleague led the action. They found nothing at all at my place and a little weed at Beatrice's place to smoke by herself, at most enough for one or two joints. And of course the pathetic rest of the joint we had smoked together. In short: It was totally ridiculous. We didn't give any information about our consumption behaviour, neither of us had ever been fined in Zurich. There was simply nothing to find. We tried to make it clear to them that their action was legitimate, but that they were just wasting their time and spoiling our afternoon. In the city there are aggressive people on drugs and alcohol who make more trouble, noise and dirt than we do. We were just peaceful for us, have disturbed no one.

Beatrice told me later that I shouldn't have admitted anything because I didn't have any weed on me and they couldn't have proved anything. But I thought: In for a penny, in for a pound. Unfortunately, the incident occurred before a flat 100 francs fine was introduced. We were both honest, admitted to smoking and tried no excuses. I didn't quite understand why I then got the same fine as Beatrice, who still had weed on her. The fine of 250 francs hurt both of us. I am a student, Beatrice is in training. The fine was a quarter of my monthly salary. But we still smoke weed when we feel like it. I have to be able to answer to my conscience for drug consumption, not to the police who are on the hunt for fines.

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