MOSCOW, September 23 (RIA Novosti)
Russia may soon authorize the cultivation of hemp - otherwise known as cannabis sativa - for agricultural and industrial needs, Russia's Federal Drug Control Service said on Friday.
On September 28, the country's State Anti-drug Committee will decide whether to allow the cultivation of hemp, currently prohibited in Russia.
Russia was a world leading producer of hemp, used as a source of oil, food, fibers, housing and industrial materials, until 1961 when the Soviet Union ratified the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs which declared cannabis - along with heroin - a highly toxic narcotic.
Russia is currently one of the world's biggest importers of hemp fibers and oil, the country's drug control watchdog said in a statement.
In 2007, the government relaxed legislation on the planting of hemp.
Russia is estimated to have at least one million hectares of illegal cannabis, planted mainly on the fringes of the country, in the Far East and Black Sea region. About 2,000 hectares are used to grow hemp, an anti-drug official said.
The official said that a revival of hemp's industrial usage will help "to create new jobs and reduce social tensions in the regions, which are abundant with illegal wild cannabis."
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- severnayazemlyaHeroin & marijuana importation from Afghanistan05:31, 25/09/2011May as well legalize heroin and marijuana in Russia. FSB and CIA are already smuggling hundreds of tons of it per year into Russia from Afghanistan.
Taliban gets paid. CIA and FSB get paid. Everyone's happy.
- AndrewThomasUse Medically for Chemo Treatments07:43, 28/09/2011You can also medicalize it for those on Chemotherapy or Cancer Patients.
I hear it also helps with some emotional disorders, too; much better than pharmaceuticals; whose companies are probably the ones behind the law to ban it, anyway.
The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.