Employees of Kyiv Counter-Narcotics Unit detained a 61-year man, who produced cannabis herb in his private greenhouses. As reported byt the press office of the Counter-Narcotics Unit, together with hemp plants, the pensioner also grew some vegetables in his glasshouses.
He dried and kept the hemp plants in the basement of the house. The law enforcers seized nearly one hundred kilograms of cannabis. The avarage black market cost of such a "harvest" is about $131 thousand. The detainee said that this marijuana was grown exclusively for himself and he intended to use it for some medicinal purposes.
The man faces up to eight years in prison, because neither cannabis consumption, nor its producing are illegal in Ukraine.
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According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, drug consumption has a group character in the Ukraine. Opium poppy straw extract continues to be the main drug of choice. Marijuana is growing in popularity among young people and use of synthetic drugs is appearing with increasing frequency. Hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin are too expensive for the average Ukrainian citizen, so their levels of abuse are still not significant.
From the beginning of the 1990’s the numbers of drug dependant grow annually by 10-12 percent, 27 percent of them are adults, 60 percent are teenagers and 13 percent are children, aged from 11 to 14 years. Drug addicts, aged 20-30 years, are becoming a prevailing category of users, and this is a distinguishing feature in recent years, which corresponds with the general European tendency. In 2002, the Ukraine registered the highest, and among the fastest-growing, rates of HIV infection in all of Eastern Europe.