Soccer Fans In Russia May Be Able To Bring Medical Marijuana To The Fifa World Cup
An interesting story has emerged, reporting that soccer fans at the 2018 Fifa World Cup will be able to bring marijuana, as well as cocaine and even heroin, into the games, provided they possess the necessary paperwork. According to the story, fans will be allowed to bring in the drugs if they are for medical use. Yeah, right.
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The Izvestia newspaper reported that regulations set forth by the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union state that travelers can bring certain substances into Russia on the condition they bring documentation written in Russian that the drugs are for medical use only. On the list of substances? Cannabis, cocaine, and heroin. Travelers will also have to fill out a customs declaration which is standard procedure.
Now, we're not sure in which nation heroin or cocaine are permitted for medical use, so getting a doctor's note may not be easy. Border security also tends to frown on such things, making the entire idea a logistical nightmare. Not to mention, you know, illegal. If you're a soccer fan in the U.S. thinking of taking your bud with you to the Fifa World Cup, we recommend you don't - last we checked, you'll probably need a flight to get to Russia and airports are not often kind to smugglers.
Russia's 2018 World Cup Organizing Committee told Izvestia that it will be posting security officers at the Cup's playing sites to make sure regulations are followed.
"Security officers will monitor the enforcement of rules for carrying prescription drugs to stadium grounds at checkpoints," the committee said.
That means if you don't have the right papers, you could be facing some hefty punishments.
Russia is set to host the Fifa World Cup this year from June 14 to July 15. Soccer fans have a reputation for being a rowdy crowd, so maybe a joint or two will make for a more chill atmosphere?