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Cannabis laws in the Russian Federation are some of the most restrictive in the world
Hash oil, also known as honey oil or cannabis oil, is an oleoresin obtained by the extraction of cannabis flowers. It is a concentrated form of cannabis extracts that contains many of the plant’s resins and terpenes – in particular, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), and other cannabinoids.
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Governing diversity is valuable and has the power to create diversity among humans, ultimately strengthening the human race. While extradition might be reasonable, foreign relations with Russia following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have been tense. Russia seems unwilling to compromise and is race gas-driven to highlight its agency on the global stage.
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All eyes have turned to Russia recently after federal laws awarded an American WMBA star a nine-year sentence for possession of a small amount of hash oil.
The US seeks to free Britteny Griner, but over 40,000 Americans are still in prison due to cannabis-related charges. It is challenging to keep up with the bureaucracy of different governments and their creative solutions to monetizing a plant.
What about the countries that have zero-tolerance laws? Is it reasonable for foreign powers to impose their laws on foreigners?
Cannabis laws in the Russian Federation are some of the most restrictive in the world.
The use, possession, sale, cultivation, and transportation of cannabis are illegal under Russian law. Penalties for these offenses can range from a monetary fine to up to 15 years in prison.
Despite these harsh penalties, cannabis use in Russia is relatively common, with some estimates suggesting that as many as one in three Russians have used the drug at some point in their lives.
Nine years, what Britteny Griner was sentenced for her Hash possession might seem absurd and crazy to those of us living in a progressive world, but a less progressive society that must uphold its laws is doing just that.
Blaming and criticizing might be natural, but joining together with your fellow citizens to abolish these same discriminatory laws domestically is a great place to express frustrations. Clemency For Federal Marijuana Prisoners is a petition urging change that you can control—unifying and standing up for what we believe has the power to influence internationally if we can be unified on this dividing topic.
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