Soft drugs won't be legalized in Russia - drug control chief

Soft drugs will not be legalized in Russia, said Federal Drug Control Service chief Viktor Ivanov.

Soft drugs will not be legalized in Russia, said Federal Drug Control Service chief Viktor Ivanov.

"Whichever drugs are used, they always lead to a sorry end," Ivanov told the press in Moscow on Tuesday.

The idea of legalizing marijuana in this country has been promoted by the same people who sell smoking blends, he said.

"The UN and Russia share the principle of zero tolerance of narcotics," Ivanov also said.

Ivanov earlier told reporters that smoking marijuana leads to schizophrenia.

According to the Drug Control Service's official statistics, 1.5 million of the 8 million drug addicts in Russia use Afghan heroin. Up to 70,000 young people die due to overdoses each year in Russia.

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