Russian Presidential Candidate Running Against Putin Supports Marijuana Legalization

In the United States, it's extremely rare for a major candidate for president to support marijuana legalization. But apparently in Russia, it's no big deal.

Russian presidential candidate Ksenia Sobchak recently declared her support for legalizing marijuana, and said that the drug is less dangerous than vodka. 

"I myself don't use it, but I don't drink vodka by the bottle, either," Sobchak said. "I don't really understand why drinking vodka in enormous quantities is considered normal in our country, but using marijuana is not, though it has far fewer consequences, even from the perspective of crime statistics."

Sobchak is running as a candidate for the Civic Initiative Party in next March's presidential election. Her father, Anatoly Sobchak, was the first democratically elected mayor of St. Petersburg and was actually a mentor to current Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Of course, considering Putin's stronghold over Russian politics, it's highly unlikely Sobchak or any other candidate will be able to defeat him in the next presidential election.

The Russian government said that they do not support legalizing marijuana and say they believe the drug has no medical benefit. That's exactly what Jeff Sessions and other Republicans think as well! You know you're probably in the wrong when your policies are the same as a repressive, authoritarian regime.

(h/t Moscow Times)


A bird trained to tipoff drug dealers has been seized by police in Northern Brazil. It's not uncommon for people dealing in illegal substances to have some sort of early warning system to let them know if the authorities are approaching. Silent alarms, watchdogs and human guards are all common.

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