Russia Will Not Legalize Marijuana — Putin
is a member of international agreements under
which marijuana is a prohibited drug. Russia
will adhere to its international obligations
in this sphere,”
said during a Web cast. He said the
legalization of soft
in a number of countries had not reduced the
use of hard drugs such as heroin.
Russian President stressed that drug dealers
faced tough penalties under Russia’s Criminal
“The question is not about tougher punishment
but ensuring that punishment is inevitable,”
RIA Novosti quotes Putin as saying.
About 100,000 Internet users voted for the
question about legalizing soft drugs in Russia.
According to ITAR-TASS news agency Russian
President Vladimir Putin has began news
conference where he addresses audiences over
Internet at around 17:00 hours Moscow time
Thursday (13:00 hours GMT).
The global audience had an opportunity to send
questions to him over the past seven days.
Almost 160,000 questions came in.
Organizers of this web conference believe it
will last for almost two hours, during which
time the anchors representing the BBC and the
Russian Internet portal Yandex.ru will hand
over to him the most interesting questions. He
will personally select a few questions, too,
and answer them.
Putin appeared in his first questions time
event on the web in 2001, when the BBC and a
number of Russian Internet portals received
almost 10,000 questions for him.