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  • #819
    Anonymous
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    I recently came to the Netherlands for a work related trip and I was wondering if canibus was legal in Antartica? Are cigerettes? Are there drug laws?

    #8051
    Anonymous
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    Answering the easiest one first, cigarettes are legal in Antarctica, and are sold in most of the stores. The US bases have a smoke outside or in a few designated inside areas.

    Is canabis legal in Antarctica? That’s harder to answer. To the best of my knowledge there are no laws preventing you from having canabis in Antarctica. But unless you came on your own boat or plane, you would have to pass through countries where canabis is illegal, and you are unlikely to get through security. In New Zealand there is a drug dog as you are changing into you cold weather gear and as you wait for the plane to the ice.

    And even if you got canabis to Antarctica, if you were working for Raytheon, if you were caught you would be fired for having it. So, I think its not illegal according to Antarctic law, but there are other problems with having it or getting it there.

    Besides, why smoke when you can drink to your heart’s content?

    #8052
    thepooles98
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    New Zealand can be very strict about smuggling. Not only drugs but also agricultural materials. They are a small country with a lot invested in small farms, especially organic. They are very worried about plant diseases and pests being brought in from overseas. Get caught with an apple in your pocket and it’s an instant 200 dollar fine. In addition to the drug dog there is the Food Dog. If either one of them sits down next to you, you are in trouble.
    A couple of years ago one of my co-workers had the drug dog sit next to him.He was part of a group of ice people passing through on their way here. He was detained, everyone else passed through. We never saw him again. For all I know he is still in jail in NZ. Does anyone know if NZ holds people in jail there, or deports them to the US?

    #8053
    Anonymous
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    @Mike In McMurdo wrote:

    New Zealand can be very strict about smuggling. Not only drugs but also agricultural materials. They are a small country with a lot invested in small farms, especially organic. They are very worried about plant diseases and pests being brought in from overseas. Get caught with an apple in your pocket and it’s an instant 200 dollar fine. In addition to the drug dog there is the Food Dog. If either one of them sits down next to you, you are in trouble.
    A couple of years ago one of my co-workers had the drug dog sit next to him.He was part of a group of ice people passing through on their way here. He was detained, everyone else passed through. We never saw him again. For all I know he is still in jail in NZ. Does anyone know if NZ holds people in jail there, or deports them to the US?

    Yikes, it sounds like NZ may be like TJ, Mexico! Hope he’s ok. 😯

    #8054
    Iceman
    Member

    Canibis is illegal at all three US bases. Technically they are federal property and the NSF resident manager is a temporary US Marshall with all the powers to arrest.

    #8055
    Anonymous
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    Thanks guys. I wonder if firearms are permitted either? Not that I’m planning to go smoke and shoot up the ice. It’s just interesting to me that tha last free contident has rules. If I ever lost my job and I had nothing going for me, I’d like to try a year on the contident. The only thing is women, not like you can import a Russian bride.

    #8056
    Sciencetech
    Keymaster

    No guns. Thankfully.

    These rules only apply to places where there are people. If you’re tough and smart enough to get to Antarctica on your own, you could bring whatever you like.

    The adventure and freedom are still there, but to experience it you have to be completely self-reliant. It’s a fair trade.

    @Pittsburgh Penguin wrote:

    The only thing is women, not like you can import a Russian bride.

    Ah, now that’s another story! Hee-hee…

    #8057
    thepooles98
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    Antarctica is still off-limits to corporations or individuals who want to exploit the resourses down here. I think that as long as you are a citizen of an Antarctic Treaty signatory country then you are bound by the treaty laws and rules. The problem is that if you manage to come down on your own and open a mine or shoot the wildlife, there probably won’t be anyone around to arrest you.

    #8058
    Anonymous
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    While there may not be many women here, there are women. I think that this year has one of the lowest populations with around 25%. (I cannot remember the exact percentage right now.) However I do remember that the last time I was here we had the highest with 38%.

    We even have Rowdy Ladies Nights and Women’s Belly Dance classes.

    We do exist! Honest. 🙂

    #8059
    Anonymous
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    I plan to take my own woman with me to Antartica. I also think that if you do things right, you can take anything with you to the ice.

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