Soccer fans will be allowed to bring medical marijuana to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as long as they fill out the required documents, according to a recent report from The Moscow Times. That guideline would exempt visitors from Russia's strict ban on medical as well as recreational marijuana.
Earlier today, the paper reported that Russia will allow travelers to bring marijuana and other federally banned substances into the country so long as visitors provide medical documents and fill out the necessary customs declaration. The other banned drugs include cocaine and heroin, according to The Times, which based its report on information that the country's World Cup Organizing Committee provided to the Russian newspaper Izvestia.
But Russia-bound fans should be cautious before packing cannabis in their luggage. The report sounds too good to be true, and it may very well be due to a language barrier. The Moscow Times is an English-language paper located in Russia, so something might have been lost in translation when they reported on the story from Izvestia.
So to be safe, medical marijuana patients should reach out to Russian authorities and clarify the rule before heading for the the World Cup, which will be held in Moscow, St. Petersburg and 12 other cities from June 14 to July 15.