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MOSCOW, February 14. /ITAR-TASS/. The chief of Russia’s federal drug control service FSKN has met with university students, who in the spring will take part in the youth summit Y8 Russia 2014 in the run-up to a meeting of G8 anti-drug agencies, to explain why he is so firmly against the legalization of light narcotic drugs.
“I am very negative about the idea of legalization, and it cannot be otherwise,” Ivanov said in response to a question from the student audience.
“All of us travel by train and by air. Will you be very happy to know the traffic controllers use drugs? Those who have smoked marijuana for a month, let alone a year, begin to interpret the situation inadequately and feel depressed,” Ivanov said, describing this state of the human body as delirium tremens (shaking frenzy).
Ivanov recalled that in May 2012 Russia put its signature to a declaration on the impermissibility of legalizing drugs.
Among the main priorities of Russia’s presidency of the G8 in 2014 are resistance to extremism and drug threat, health protection and management of risks related to natural and man-made disasters and the settlement of regional conflictsThe chief of Russia's Federal Drug Control Service, Viktor Ivanov, wants the country to resume production of medical drugs.
"We have a quota from the International Drug Control Committee. We do not fill it," he told reporters. "Moreover, with the Soviet Union breakup, Russia has stopped producing medicines at all. Now we have to buy them with taxpayers' money on the international market."
"In our view, we must return to the practice of drug production for medical purposes." he said.