Fans Can Bring Marijuana, Cocaine, and Heroin to World Cup in Russia (WTF)

Seeing as how the Russian government isn’t exactly known for being permissive or liberal, it comes as particularly shocking that The Moscow Times is reporting that football fans will be allowed to bring marijuana and cocaine to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as long as they fill out all the necessary paperwork. In case you didn’t know, Russia is set to host the World Cup this year from June 14 to July 15. As a California native, the weed thing doesn’t really faze me, but cocaine!? Aren’t soccer fans rowdy enough? Also, it’s cocaine. Oh, and heroin apparently is cool, too if you have a doctor's note.

According to regulations set forth by the the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union, travelers can bring the aforementioned drugs into the country on the condition that they bring documentation written in the Russian language that the narcotics are for medicinal use. I’m not sure in which country one can get a doctor’s note for blow, and I’m pretty well-traveled. Fans can also bring a certified copy of the “recipe,” notes one Russian news source, Izvestia. They’ll also have to fill out a customs declaration. (Thank God for Google Translate, am I right?) The Russian 2018 World Cup Organizing Committee says on-duty law enforcement at the stadiums will be responsible for checking the legitimacy of the prescriptions. Mind you, smoking of all kinds is still not permitted at any stadium.

For obvious reasons, this news is fishy AF. I can’t help but wonder if it has anything to do with the fact on Feb. 23, Russian authorities squashed an alleged plot in Argentina to flood the country with $61 million worth of cocaine for the internationally anticipated soccer event. Hmmm… 

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Buenos Aires Bans Electronic Music Festivals Until New Drug Laws Are Put In Place

Following the death of 5 individuals and the hospitalizations of at least four more at Argentina’s Time Warp music festival, the Argentinian government has decided to stop issuing permits to electronic music festivals.

According to the mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, the measure would remain in effect until the city legislature approved a law to prevent drug abuse during such events.

The effects of the ban on electronic festivals in Argentina is yet to be seen, and hopefully the new drug laws can be put in place rather soon. What form they will take remains to be seen, however. It is entirely possible that more thorough searches will be instituted, rather than any kind of harm reduction practices.

This ban could also potentially affect Ultra Buenos Aires, though no dates have yet been released for the festival’s return in 2016.

 

via The Guardian

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