Cannabis in its natural state is prohibited in Russia, including for medicinal purposes. Cannabis is among the drugs and psychotropic substances on Russia’s “List I.” The government strictly regulates the circulation of chemicals on List I.
According to the Russian Criminal Code, illegal manufacturing, sale, or delivery of narcotic and psychotropic chemicals, their analogs, and plants containing them (including cannabis) is forbidden.
Article 228.1 of the Russian Criminal Code specifies the penalties for breaking the specific laws governing the distribution of drugs and psychoactive substances. In the worst-case situation (if such a breach leads in bodily harm), a person faces up to three years in jail.
The United States’ claim that WNBA star Brittney Griner was “wrongfully imprisoned” for possessing marijuana angers Russian officials.
Maria Zakharova, a spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, told Fox News that the legalization of marijuana in some U.S. states has no influence on Russian legislation.
“If a U.S. citizen was taken in connection with the fact that she was smuggling drugs, and she does not deny this, then this should be commensurate with our Russian, local laws, and not with those adopted in San Francisco, New York, and Washington,” she stated.
“You understand if drugs are legalized in the United States, in a number of states, and this is done for a long time, and now the whole country will become drug-addicted, this does not mean that all other countries are following the same path,” she said.
According to Russian media, Griner might be traded for Viktor Bout, a prominent Russian arms trader and terrorist. However, the DEA agent who assisted in the capture of Bout advised against trading with him.
Zachariasiewicz urged against dealing Viktor Bout, a dangerous guy he helped arrest, for Griner and/or Paul Whelan, two innocent, unfairly jailed men, in an opinion piece for USA Today.
“Bout, who is known as the “Merchant of Death,” provided the fuel for conflicts across the globe. He was a critical player in the global illicit arms trade not because he could obtain weapons but because he could deliver his destructive cargo anywhere in the world through his control of a private fleet of military aircraft. And he did just that,” stated Zachariasiewicz.
“A tremendous amount of resources and political capital were spent on the critical national security investigation into Bout’s actions. Lives were placed at risk, and tireless efforts were made. Now many voices are not being adequately considered in these deliberations over whether to free Bout in exchange for an American. Those voices include an entire generation of maimed and orphaned inhabitants of war-torn countries throughout the world, especially in Africa,” he noted.
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According to him, President Joe Biden and others believe such a deal is “appropriate” and are considering it, but supporters of the deal do not consider the danger involved.
According to him, Bout has served less than 15 years of his 25-year sentence, or under 60 percent, and that the evidence against him is “extensive and damning.”
“In a recorded undercover meeting, he declared to persons he believed to be terrorist facilitators that the United States was his sworn enemy. He offered them, as part of an extensive arsenal of heavy weapons, hundreds of surface-to-air missiles to be used against U.S. military advisers and the Colombian military,” Zachariasiewicz said. CONTINUE READING…