Laws Regulating Narcotics in Sweden, 2012
"In Sweden, narcotic drugs are defined as drugs or goods dangerous to health, with addictive properties or that create a state of euphoria, or goods that can easily be converted to products with such properties or effects, and that, on such basis, are objects for control according to international agreements that Sweden has supported, or have been declared by the Government to be considered illicit drugs according to the law (SFS 1968:64).
"The aim of the legislation is to regulate drugs and other products that, due to their intrinsic properties, entail harm to people's lives or health and that are, or can be assumed to be, used for the purpose of inducing intoxication or other effects. Narcotics may only be used for medical, scientific or other purposes useful to society that are particularly important (SFS 1968:64; SFS 1992:860). All other possession or use is punishable.
"If the offence concerning the handling or use of narcotics, with regard to the nature and quantity of narcotics and other circumstances, is considered to be:
" minor, the penalty is a fine or imprisonment for a maximum of six months
" serious, the penalty for a serious narcotics offence shall be imprisonment for a minimum of two and a maximum of ten years.
"In judging whether an offence is serious, particular consideration shall be given to whether or not it has been part of large-scale or professional activities, has involved especially large quantities of narcotics or has in any other way been of a particularly dangerous or unscrupulous nature. The judgment shall be based on a joint consideration of the circumstances in the particular case."
Swedish National Institute of Public Health. "2013 National Report (2012 data) to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point: Sweden: New Developments, Trends and in-depth information on selected issues." Östersund: Swedish National Institute of Public Health, 2013, pp. 11-12.