Russia

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Wed
04
Sep

US student and medical marijuana patient charged with drug possession in Russia

Audrey Elizabeth Lorber, an American film student, is currently behind bars in Russia facing marijuana possession charges. Russian authorities allege Lorber illegally brought cannabis into the country after police discovered over 19 grams in her possession at the Pulkovo Airport. Based in New York, Lorber is a registered medical cannabis patient. But Russian courts say Lorber’s New York medical cannabis authorization doesn’t extend to Russia. Russia harshly penalizes drugs, and marijuana possession charges can carry a sentence of up to three years.

Tue
03
Sep

Russia advocates strict Drug Control Policy

Russia and few countries like Canada are at loggerheads over the issue of cannabis and hold conflicting views on drug related legislation. As per the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s (UNODC’s) World Drug Report 2019, Russia along with the US and China was one of the three countries that together accounted for 43% of injected drug use globally.

Russia has identified the drug and crime policy as an area challenging the existing Western-dominated order and has strongly advocated a hard-line approach that seeks to eliminate the illegal drug market. On the other hand, the US has softened its stance on drug policy since the last decade.

Wed
20
Feb

Tough cannabis policy has no effect on youth consumption rates: study

A new study has discovered that tough policies around drug use do not successfully deter youth from using cannabis, and that more liberal policies do not lead to an increase in rates of use.

Researchers at the University of Kent re-analysed information from over 100,000 teens in 38 countries such as Canada, the US, the UK, Russian and France.

Thu
31
Jan

Russia considering importing cannabis for research

Russia’s Health Ministry has expressed its interest in importing marijuana and hashish for research according to a draft bill that published earlier this week.

The purpose of the research would be to study marijuana’s “addiction-causing capacities”. Under current Russian law, the circulation of cannabis is illegal and possession of even small amounts can results in convictions or hefty fines.

“The import of narcotic drugs and cannabinoid psychotropic substances … will be required to conduct scientific research and testing in Russia,” says the regulation drafted by the Health Ministry.

Russia is known to be strongly against marijuana and have voiced their opinion on the matter when Canada decided to legalize cannabis nationally.  

Mon
01
Oct

Schoolchildren in Russian Republic of Buryatia may face mandatory drug screenings

Similar proposals have been swiftly condemned in the past as violations of human rights.

If administrators in the Russian Republic of Buryatia get their way, students in the region may soon be required to take drug tests.

The move is similar to past proposals, many of which have been quickly condemned as human rights violations.

Schoolchildren Could Face Mandatory Drug Tests

As reported by Russia Today, the Republic of Buryatia is now considering implementing a new drug policy. And the way many people see it, the proposal could be a draconian and heavy handed attempt to vilify cannabis.

Wed
05
Sep

How to talk cannabis in seven different countries

Traveling to the Netherlands? Russia? This weed slang guide will make sure you’re never dry.

Thu
25
Jan

Marijuana is less dangerous than vodka, should be legal, Russian presidential candidate says

A Russian presidential candidate said she wants to legalize marijuana for the country, and that it’s less dangerous than vodka.

Ksenia Sobchak, a former reality TV star, said on Monday that marijuana legalization could potentially alleviate the “narcotics epidemic” in her country. She added, "I don't really understand why drinking vodka in enormous quantities is considered normal in our country, but using marijuana is not, though it has far fewer consequences, even from the perspective of crime statistics,” The Moscow Times reported.

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Thu
24
Aug

Russian Bank Pioneers Find a New Kick: Marijuana

Two banking pioneers during Russia’s chaotic lurch toward capitalism a quarter century ago think they’ve finally found another emerging market that can give them the same buzz.

Boris Jordan, a Credit Suisse First Boston alum who co-founded Renaissance Capital more than two decades ago, and Bernie Sucher, who left Goldman Sachs to help start Troika Dialog, say the U.S. marijuana industry will generate the kind of returns they reaped from the rubble of communism.

“It’s just like Russia in the 1990s,” said Jordan, who backed the controversial privatization programs of the Boris Yeltsin era that turned well-connected speculators into oligarchs almost overnight. “We’re talking about an industry in its infancy that needs to be built up from scratch, legislation and all.”

Mon
22
Aug

Europe: Clashes Between Supporters of Legalization of Marijuana and Police in Georgia

Protesters blew up noise grenades and smoke bombs, as well as painted police cars.

In the Georgian town of Samtredia near police building takes place the rally of the youth organization "White movement" (the second name is "White Noise"), advocating for the decriminalization of soft drugs. It is reported by "Radio Liberty".

The reason for the rally was the recent suicide of 22 year old Demur Sturua, who spoke in a suicide note that one of the policemen demanded from him to become an informant for law enforcement, threatening otherwise to initiate a criminal case and arrest on charges of possession and consumption of drugs.

Fri
10
Jun

51 Things You Never Knew About Hemp

The world has had a long and complicated relationship with hemp.

It wasn’t until the twentieth century that hemp fell out of favor as one of the most important crops in the history of mankind. In 2016, however, anything is possible it seems.

So, it could be very soon where a variety of applications using hemp become economical, and hemp grows into a boon for society.

What was once a widespread plant became a taboo within decades. Its history shows it is useful for tens of thousands of applications and counting. 

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