On September 9th, we covered the continuing story of Audrey Elizabeth Lorber, a health-related cannabis patient who was arrested in Russia soon after attempting to bring her medicine into the nation.
As we stated earlier, this was a reminder that marijuana laws in the U.S. or Canada do not apply across international borders – a lesson Lorber discovered the difficult way.
Soon after becoming caught at the airport, Lorber was detained and charged with “attempting to import” 19 grams of marijuana. In spite of displaying proof of her prescription, authorities advised that this held no weight in Russia, exactly where marijuana is absolutely illegal.
Now, soon after more than a month in a detention centre, CBS News reports that Lorber is lastly no cost soon after getting what could arguably be known as a slap on the wrist.
A Fine and Time Served
All points deemed, Lorber was rather fortunate. Provided the rocky relations involving Russia and the U.S., leniency is a thing we would not anticipate. Luckily, the court was fairly light with its sentence.
CBS News explains:
“Lorber, 19, was fined 15,000 rubles ($235), according to a statement released by the press service of St. Petersburg’s courts, but was credited for time served, released and exempted from paying the fine.”
The proceedings, having said that, have been not as favourable. Lorber’s defence group asked the judge not to jail her for the duration of the case, but their request was denied. She then spent a month in a pre-trial detention centre.
On the other hand, this may perhaps have been a blessing in disguise, given that the crediting of time served implies that she could have faced prison time had she not been jailed in the very first spot.
Eventually, the 19-year-old pled guilty to importing marijuana.
“The People’s Article”
Laws surrounding drug violations like possession, promoting, distributing and transporting drugs all fall below Post 228 of the Criminal Code.
Also referred to as “The People’s Post,” this section has drawn a fantastic deal of criticism, according to CBS News.
Even though the law’s intent is to outline Russia’s drug laws, law enforcement normally makes use of it in a rather heavy-handed manner, normally as a kind of censorship and persecution.
In 2018, roughly 88,000 individuals have been convicted below Post 228, with 41% serving time in prison.
1 popular case involved Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, who allegedly had drugs planted on him by police. On the other hand, huge public backlash eventually triggered authorities to drop the charges just days later, lending to the suspicion that Golunov had in truth been framed utilizing “The People’s Post.”
Why WeedAdvisor Supports Cannabis Reform
WeedAdvisor has often stood by men and women and groups calling for modifications in marijuana legislation. But of all the techniques prohibition has harmed the public, Russia’s is arguably the most sinister we have observed so far.
It is one particular factor to prosecute marijuana customers below the misguided view of enforcing public security. But to knowingly use cannabis prohibition as a weapon is each deviously inventive and completely appalling.
But with talks of health-related and recreational legalization continuing to sweep across Europe, we hope that the Russian Federation will at some point see the merits of lifting prohibition. On the other hand, if they rely on it to silence opposition, cannabis reform is unlikely to come quickly.