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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Hungary drug defendant brings pot to court

BUDAPEST, Jan 10 (Reuters) - A Hungarian court has launched an investigation into how the defendant in a drug case could go through a trial carrying a pot of wild hemp, the national news agency MTI said on Tuesday.

The growing of wild hemp (cannabis sativa) is illegal in Hungary as it can be used as a narcotic.

A Budapest court sentenced Peter Juhasz, the vice president of the Hemp Seed Association, to a 70,000 forint ($338.5) fine on Monday for marijuana consumption.

The case started after Juhasz and several other Hemp Seed activists reported themselves to the police to protest against a legal ban on soft drugs.

Juhasz took the pot of hemp, which had no connection with the ongoing case, into the courtroom to demonstrate his resistance to the ban and to show soft drugs could be produced at home without payment to drug dealers, the group said on its homepage.

The investigation is to unveil how he could take the hemp illegally into the building without being challenged.

A photo on the association's internet page showed Juhasz in the courtroom with a pot of hemp in his lap.

According to the Hemp Industry Association:
HUNGARY is rebuilding their hemp industry, and is one of the biggest exporters of hemp cordage, rugs and hemp fabric to the U.S. They also export hemp seed and hemp paper. Fiberboard is also made.


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