Russian court closes shops promoting cannabis
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Last Updated: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 00:47
Moscow: A Russian court has ordered closure of two stores for selling smoking pipes, rings and earrings with a cannabis leaf logo, RIA Novosti reported.

The stores were closed by a court in Russia's Tula region.

Police in Bogoroditsk town found 182 items with a cannabis leaf logo in a raid July 20 including fashion jewelry. Another store was found selling pipes with similar logos.

"According to experts' conclusions, each of these items was found to have an image of a cannabis leaf on them, and these products therefore can instigate an interest in and support for narcotics, and also form a favourable attitude to taking narcotic substances," said the regional court administration's Olga Dyachuk.

The court found the store owners guilty of breaking Russian laws against "propaganda or illegal advertising of narcotic substances pyschotropic drugs or their precursors."


First Published: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 00:03

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