With weed becoming more acceptable all throughout the world, people are becoming more open with their use. However, where some parts of the world have laxer cannabis laws, there are others where you wouldn’t want to be caught dead with a baggy of reefer.
To save you the pain of having to give up your liberty [or your life] for smoking weed, we’ve compiled a list of 5 countries you should avoid like the plague.
Countries With The Most Strict Cannabis Laws
The United Arab Emirates
The UAE has some of the most advanced “things” and richest populations in the world [per capita]. They also have very progressive views when it comes to renewable energy sources, architecture and so forth. However, when it comes to weed…these guys don’t play around.
If you’re caught with even a pinch of weed, you could be jailed for many years. You can even get jailed for having cannabis in your urine or hair follicles. This means that if you’re traveling in the UAE, DO NOT smoke weed or have anything related to cannabis on your person or even remotely near you.
I don’t know why Japan is so opposed to the idea of cannabis in their country. One would expect with being the country with one of the highest suicide rates and their Karoshi culture [where they literally work themselves to death], cannabis would be accepted with open arms.
However, this is not the case. In Japan, you could get jailed for 5 years for being caught with a single joint. Therefore, if you’re considering to explore Japan in the near future…do not smoke weed while in the country.
The Philippines is one place where you could actually be put to death for weed. The first time you’re caught with weed you’ll be forcefully placed into rehab. Let’s say that didn’t take. They could easily jail you for ten years on the second offence and if you’re caught with a few plants in your possession…you could be put to death.
The harsh approach to drug laws in the Philippines have been critiqued by the international community for many years now, considering it a violation of human rights. But what is the world to do with a dictator who hates weed? As a stoner…you simply don’t want to go there!
Malaysia has some of the most beautiful places to visit in the world. Just don’t be stoned while you’re doing it. Malaysia is one of the few countries where ‘death’ is considered a viable punishment for people being caught with cannabis.
Depending on the offense, you could either be physically beaten [lashed], possession of less than an ounce of cannabis can land you in jail for five years…and if you’re caught with more than that…you might be killed by the state.
This is one place where you never want to have weed on your person, unless you like living on the edge and are ‘okay’ with being murdered for weed.
Bonus Place USA
While you might think that these laws are harsh, the US also has plenty of places similar to these countries. Louisiana, if you look at their cannabis laws…are almost as bad as the EAU or Japan. A single plant in Louisiana could get you fined $50,000 USD and up to 30 years in prison. Thanks to Jeff Sessions, prosecutors are being encouraged to seek out the highest possible sentencing, meaning that if you’re caught growing your medicine in Louisiana, it could be 3 decades before you breathe fresh air again.