Sunday, October 10, 2004
Taking prohibition too far

This is really too much. A Russian court banned the sale of Ukrainian ice cream because the flavor names, such as "Your Hemp Dose" and "Poppy Fun," sounded like drugs. The judge ordered a total recall even though the product contained no trace of drugs whatsoever.

Tests revealed no illegal substances in the ice cream, but authorities said "psycholinguistic and narco-psychological research" confirmed the labels could "create and support an interest in narcotic drugs made from hemp and opium poppy," the ITAR-Tass news agency reported.

Psycholinguistic and narco-psychological research? The frightening thing is, it doesn't sound all that different from the DEA's three year court battle to keep hemp food products off our shelves. Thankfully, the outcome here was more palatable.


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