The first set of policies announced by the Council of Ministers since the general elections of August 2018, the “National Temperance Plan” aims to “combat division and abuse at a societal level”. The way forward? Banning alcohol, tobacco, and Evangelicals.
The policies are to come into effect once adopted by the Great National Assembly, presumably before 1 January 2019. They are tentatively supported by all four parties in Parliament, but more negotiations are needed on the more technical aspects of the law. While the banning of tobacco does not come as a surprise to Juclandians, as the FRU and FRD proposed a draft bill to ban the importation and consumption tobacco, cannabis, and other scheduled drugs under EU laws on Juclandia’s territory, the new proposals do not mention cannabis and provide a comprehensive framework that will apply on the entire Juclandian territory, not just the Jucăreni region.
The bill aims to completely ban the production of alcohol, tobacco and scheduled drugs under EU law on Juclandian territory. It also bans the importation of tobacco and scheduled drugs, but does allow the importation of beer and wine, as long as their alcohol content is under 20%. Smoking in public will only be allowed in Lenia, which threatened to secede if any law restricting smoking would be enforced on its territory.
The law also permits the importation of cannabis in Juclandia, but only if the product is imported from a foreign government or government-owned cannabis distribution facility, while production on Juclandia’s territory is banned. This practically means that cannabis in Juclandia is legal only if it’s imported from either Canadian provincial governments or Uruguay, the only governments where cannabis distribution is state monopoly.
Interestingly enough, the bill also contains provisions related to the Constitution’s limitations on the freedom of religion. Article 27.3 of the Constitution prohibits religious propaganda which contravenes the Constitution – which, among other provisions, guarantees freedom from discrimination on any basis and freedom of conscience from birth. Based on these provisions, the Council of Ministers argues that certain evangelical churches openly campaign against LGBT people, against the superior interests of children and children’s rights, against gender equality as well as against provisions related to the Juclandian education and healthcare systems.
The Council of Ministers draft bill proposes, given such context, to ban Evangelical missionaries from entering Juclandia, to ban the public propagation of evangelical ideas that violate the Constitution, as well as to prevent the establishment of official or underground evangelical churches that refuse to engage in the respect of the Constitution and the sovereignty of Juclandia.
The draft bill also contains provisions banning the financing of religious organisations by foreign agents.