BRICS nations against marijuana and why this is relevant for the whole cannabis world

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The BRICS nations comprise of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The members are all developing or newly industrialised countries, with a significant influence on regional and global affairs. What is the Brics’ stance on marijuana and why should you care?

Why BRICS nations policy on drugs impacts everyoneRussia has the one of the world’s most intolerant drug policies, with no distinction between soft and hard drugs, and lengthy prison sentences for dealing and trafficking. Called a “dangerous gateway drug” by Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service, the authorities made it clear that there are no plans to legalize marijuana. According to Viktor Ivanov, Director of the Federal Narcotics Service of Russia, “Marijuana users have a 50 or 60 times higher risk of switching to heroin. There is one step from dope to heroin.” He added words to the effect that those who smoke marijuana for recreational purposes later suffer...

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