If you don't stand out, you have less stress


No arrangements by phone, SMS, WhatsApp, email or Skype. All electronic means of communication can be monitored very easily because the metadata and sometimes the content remain stored for six months, even if you have deleted them. Personal arrangements are better.


Police officers are employed to enforce the laws, so also the NarcA with the hemp ban. They are doing their job (even if they only encourage crime). Your job is to find a reasonable way to deal with the prohibition, so that the police don't even notice your actions.


Silence does not only apply to the police. Anyone who deals with illegal cannabis should never talk about their own stash, shopping facilities or grow facility, to anyone. Because every info flows on: best friends become best enemies, love relationships break up…

Shit happens

Despite all camouflage, despite all caution, THC users sometimes have bad luck: A burglary, the police comes and finds illegal cannabis paraphernalia before the tenant is home. So it is good to have dealt with this variant in advance.

If you don't stand out, you have less stress

Intensive hemp repression

Every day weed users are controlled by the police and there are always raids at meeting places of THC users. The public space and traffic is monitored more and more closely. Not only by the officers on the spot, but also by video cameras and drones. This development will continue to intensify and make it more difficult to consume THC in public. What to do or not to do in order to avoid getting caught by the police if possible?

Police surprises

If (plainclothes) police officers surprise you while you're smoking, the only thing left to do is damage limitation. What is found on you during a personal check probably also belongs to you - you can usually no longer meaningfully deny that. But: If you are going to smoke pot outside, then carry less than 10 grams with you and keep quiet about your other consumption behaviour. This will probably put you in the category of an administrative fine: 100 francs - and that's it.

As little as possible

Especially rolling joints in public is tricky: It is conspicuous and your eyes are fixed on the mixture and the joint for a long time. It is more intelligent to pre-roll the required number of joints at home, if they cannot be smoked in private homes. This way you can smoke the joint quickly and inconspicuously in a quiet place.

If only one joint was taken, it can simply be thrown away when you see the police coming (preferably into the water or a storm drain, as many officers are not above searching a bush for a joint butt).

But the simple fact is: smoking pot in public massively increases the likelihood of coming into contact with the police. If you're not into the action, don't do it.

Problems and solutions at home

People who use exclusively at home have fewer problems than those who smoke pot outside. But the smoke and the smell can also cause problems in private homes. The neighbours can smell it - fat weedjoints can be noticed up to 50 metres away, depending on the wind strength. Again, there are ways to camouflage. Sometimes just a few sticks of incense will help to mask the smell of cannabis. THC can also be eaten: A yoghurt with some hash - nobody smells anything. A Guetzli with cannabis butter doesn't cause any odour problems either. However, the dosage has to be right!

vaporize instead of smoking

Further there are very good vaporinhalers that dissolve the THC, which dissolve the THC by means of hot air so that it can be inhaled. Since no smoke is produced, the emissions are extremely low. The smell disappears after only a few centimetres. Such devices (Vervaporer, vaporizers) can also be of good service in windowless rooms (e.g. in practice rooms).

It's forbidden, camouflage is necessary

As long as the ban is in place, the watchword can only be: Camouflage is half the battle. And don't forget: Clothes make the man! If you go out on the street with hemp leaves on your T-shirt or with a penetrating weedsmell (be it clothes, be it uncleanly packed flowers), you are virtually attracting the risk. Glass containers are more leak-proof than Minigrips (of which it is better to use two on top of each other). Both can be additionally covered with a paper bag, so that the blossoms are not immediately visible at the first glance into the backpack.

If you have to transport weed or hash, it is best to do so in portions of less than 10 grams (penalty-free small amounts). In general, the following applies to transport: directly from A to B, no detours, no smoking, no fetching paper from the Selecta machine, be as sober as possible and rather during the day than at night.

Small but nice

When growing cannabis on the balcony, it is recommended not to grow two-metre bushes, but rather the small “autoflowering” plants that grow up to 35 centimetres. As these are ready for harvest after only three months, two harvests per year can even be achieved outdoors (which compensates somewhat for the small yield per plantlet).

If you want to grow indoors, you have to work clean (electricity, heat, ventilation, filters). Most of the plants are blown up because they are sloppy.

Hempseedsorders abroad are still not a good idea: Customs will report you!

Camouflage in the car

If you drive a car, you should never carry any smoking paraphernalia with you, including paper. The ashtray should be empty and the car generally clean. During a traffic control, the police are happy to follow up on any evidence of drug use, because driving under the influence of drugs is an offence.

Without problems

Many THC users smoke joints for decades without getting into trouble with the police. Sure, a bit of luck is involved, but you can influence a lot with your own behaviour. How THC users act, where they smoke, how they transport, store, grow, with whom they share which secrets: It helps to think, plan and be careful.

Who specifically are the police targeting?

Different prosecutionsintensity

Not all THC users have the same probability of being reported. Particularly at risk are smokers with the following characteristics: male, around twenty years old, long-haired, freaky, often found in the alley. Punks are also increasingly controlled and hip-hoppers have also “risen” to become a favored group. Those who are often out at night and frequent relevant clubs also have a higher probability of being checked and reported.

Women are less likely to be reported

Less than ten percent of criminal offences for cannabis consumption are committed by women - at least that's how the police register it. However, the real ratio between male and female potheads is about three to one. However, women are less likely to consume in public. And that is the main reason for being arrested.

The young bear the brunt of repression

The under 30s account for 80% of of those accused of transgressions of the offences. The under 18-year-olds make up only about 20% of those charged. Just under half of the referrals concern young adults between the ages of 18 and 24. The over-30s also account for only around 20 per cent of those reported. But here too: Older people smoke pot more at home and have stopped using in public. Often because the fines they have received have made them more cautious!

Generally and exaggeratedly put: A 20-year-old, long-haired, freaky-looking man who spends a lot of time in public is much more likely to be stopped and reported by the police than a 40-year-old, inconspicuously dressed woman who leads more of a domestic life. Even though she may smoke pot a lot more than he does!

Offences by substance and age

The ratio of hash to weed violations increases with age - that is, the older a person is, the more likely he or she is to be caught with hash, while the young are almost always caught with weed:

Age Share Hash:weed
under 20 years of age 34% 1:21
20-30-year-old 45% 1:11
30-40 years old 14% 1:5
over 40-years old 7% 1:3
Total 100% 1:10

weed has definitely replaced hash

Even about ten years after the hemp shop boom, weed seems to have kept its supremacy in the cannabis market. It could also have been that after the end of the shop era, hashish consumption would increase again or that more users would be reported for hashish. This is not the case: there are ten times more reports for weed (and plants) than for hashish (and oil).

It is rather the older users (over 30), who probably still have their old connections. They probably also consume more weed than in the 80s, but they don't seem to want to give up hashish completely. This may be due to habit and tradition, but could mean that even the finest weed is not the same as good hash - apples and pears can not be compared 1:1.

Source: Federal Statistical Office, Police Crime Statistics (PKS) 2010, Narcotics Act (NarcA): offences by substance and persons accused.

Evaluation: referrals 2013 by gender and age

Persons reported for violations by gender, 2013

Gender Men Women Total
Number 38'416 4'246 42'662
Percent 90 % 10 % 100 %

90% of the consumption convictions concern men. Even though there are probably more men than women who smoke pot, the ratio is hardly 1 : 9. We would rather estimate it at 1 : 2. This means that women are reported to the police much less often than men.

Persons reported for misdemeanours by gender, 2013

Gender Men Women Total
Number 7'852 709 8'561
Percent 92 % 8 % 100 %

Men also dominate in the case of referrals for misdemeanours (passing on, trafficking) with 92%, even slightly more than in the case of misdemeanour referrals above.

Persons reported for violations by age, 2013

Age under 20 20 to 29 30 to 39 40 to 49 50 to 59 60 +, unknown. Total
Number 14'199 18'696 6'493 2'426 762 93 42'669
Percent 33 % 44 % 15 % 6 % 2 % 0 % 100 %

The main burden of repression is clearly borne by the young. The under 30s receive 77 % of the reprimands. Even if more people smoke pot in their younger years than in their old age, there are now also many retired people who smoke pot. But they are less likely to be out smoking joints and less likely to come under legal scrutiny. But: It can also happen to well-to-do older people! The small discrepancy between the two totals in the transgression tables is due to some unclear cases.

Persons reported for misdemeanours by age, 2013

Age under 20 20 to 29 30 to 39 40 to 49 50 to 59 60 +, unknown. Total
Number 2'230 3'645 1'649 705 279 53 8'561
Percent 26 % 43 % 19 % 8 % 3 % 1 % 100 %

It is interesting to note that the age distribution of misdemeanour convictions is very similar to that of infractions. Of course, the figures are less high, but the percentage distribution is quite similar: the main burden of repression is again borne by the under-30s with 69 % of all reprimands.

Persons reported for violations according to weed/Hash and age, 2013

Age under 20 20 to 29 30 to 39 40 to 49 50 to 59 60 +, unknown. Total
because of weed 13'563 17'199 5'723 2'026 627 75 39'213
for pot 636 1'497 770 400 135 18 3'456
Hash to weed 1 : 21 1 : 11 1 : 7 1 : 5 1 : 5 1 : 4 1 : 11

Most of the convictions are issued for weed: 92% on average. This is the case for all age groups. But for the under-20s, weed accounts for almost 96%, and for the over-60s “only” 81%.

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