CLERGY, PROFESSIONAL DRUG CONTROLLERS, COLLEGE COMMUNITY CALL GOVERNMENT SHORT-SIGHTED

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MOSCOW, June 3 (RIA Novosti) - Representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church, Federal Drug Control Service and higher educational establishments are concerned with the attempts to legalize drugs in Russia. The statement of the Slavic readings "Orthodox culture against drugs", which ended recently in the town of Khimki near Moscow, critisizes the Russian government regulation on approval of average single volume of narcotics for sale.

"Most puzzling is the decision of the government, which de-facto legalizes drug addiction. This regulation makes it possible to carry up to 10 average single doses of drugs, which will undoubtedly provoke a rise in drugs use, dealing and smuggling", reads the statement.

The Russian government regulation 231 of May 6, 2004 "On approval of average single dose volume of narcotic and psychotropic substances" specifies the volume of narcotics, trafficking of which is not subject to criminal prosecution.

In accordance with the amendments to the Russian Federation Criminal Code, adopted in December 2003, illegal drug trafficking (with no intention of sale) is not subject to criminal prosecution if the drug volume does not exceed ten average single doses.

For example, according to the regulation, an average single dose of heroin, ketamine or cannabis is 0.1 gram, dried marijuana - 2 grams, cocaine - 0.15 gram.

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