Blog: Chris Brook-CarterVodka, cannabis, wine, cigarettes... Too much choice

Chris Brook-Carter | 8 June 2004

And while we're on the subject of killing two birds with one stone (see entry below)...

Press reports from Russia say that a vodka-distiller can continue to sell its Cannabis-brand vodka. Interfax reports today that Voronezh city court has ruled that Yukos can legally sell its product.

A case against Yukos had been filed by the State Service for Drug Control on 21 April, accusing the company of violating the law against propagandising drugs. The labels on the vodka bottles sold at gas stations belonging to Voronezhnefteproduct, a Yukos subsidiary, said the vodka had been prepared from hemp seed extract.

The conclusion of an expert examination was that that the advertising on Cannabis vodka bottles does not propagandise drugs, but rather is aimed at improving vodka sales. As a result, the court declared that Yukos was not guilty and closed the case.

So, while drinking Cannabis vodka and puffing away on a wine-flavoured cigarette, we have pretty much all bases covered. Throw in a fat chap in a red outfit, and you've got Christmas.


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