Russian Presidential Candidate Dubs Pot Better Than Vodka, Urges Legalization

A female presidential candidate in Russia is calling for the legalization of marijuana.

Nicknamed as Russia’s “Paris Hilton,” Ksenia Sobchak, is a former reality TV star, who is running as one of the presidential candidates in Russia. She has recently called for the legalization of marijuana, The Moscow Times reported on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old Sobchak said marijuana was less dangerous for society than vodka, calling for its legalization.

“I myself don’t use it, but I don’t drink vodka by the bottle, either,” reported Sobchak as saying, citing the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.

During a meeting with her supporters, Sobchak said that the legalization of marijuana could help solve “the narcotics epidemic” in Russia.

She met with her supporters on Monday in Kaliningrad, both a city and an oblast [state] in Russia, located between Poland, Lithuania, and the Baltic Sea

She added:

“I don’t really understand why drinking vodka in enormous quantities is considered normal in our country, but using marijuana is not, though it has far fewer consequences, even from the perspective of crime statistics.”

Russians are stereotypically known for their vodka heavy drinking habit. However, President Vladimir Putin has always publicly made a point of not encouraging this. Late Russian President Boris Yeltsin was known for his heavy drinking and was seen on TV drunk.

Ksenia Sobchak with her supporters.
Ksenia Sobchak with her supporters. (Imae via Moskva News Agency)

Sobchak is the daughter of Anatoly Sobchak, the first democratically-elected mayor of St. Petersburg. She is running on the “against all” platform from the Civic Initiative Party in Russia’s presidential elections this March.

Her father was also the former mentor of Putin.

Meanwhile, Andrei Khrapov, the chief of narcotics control at Russia’s Interior Ministry, said he did not see any advantages including medical benefits for marijuana to legalize the drug.