Some of us live in weed-friendly countries, others in weed-tolerant countries, but when traveling it’s important to know the laws surrounding cannabis the countries you will be visiting or even passing through. If you are the type of person who doesn’t want to go through your exotic world tour without enjoying some bud, then perhaps you might want to reconsider traveling to some of these places at all.
Here is a run-down of countries (In no particular order) you won’t want to visit and why if you are an avid cannabis user.
While Singapore is a stunning visual metropolis, as a Cannabis user, think of it more like Disneyland with the death penalty. The statute’s penal provisions for drug possession are practically medieval, providing for long terms of imprisonment (10 years), caning, and capital punishment for even relatively small amounts of marijuana.So if you ever go to the tiny island city – state, forget about weed. They’re not screwing around. Even if you somehow sniff out some green stuff, it’ll be the schwaggiest garbage you’ve ever stuffed into your lungs. Just say no.
China executes thousands of people every year. A few hundred of those executions stem from trafficking drugs like heroin, meth, and weed. The quality of bud may have improved in recent years, but China is still a third-world country in terms of product. Are you really going to risk prison or worse for some mids? China’s drugs laws are the toughest in the world, calling for a mandatory death penalty in the case of trafficking more than 7 oz. of marijuana.
Common trend here: the death penalty. In 2012, a British man and a Syrian man, aged 21 and 19 respectively, were sentenced to death for allegedly trying to sell an undercover around 20 grams of bud. Smoking can carry a heavy prison sentence, too. So if you smell marijuana, walk in the opposite direction until you find a fire-hose you can use to sterilize any part of your body that may have come into contact with it. British tourist Keith Brown was sentenced to four years in prison after Dubai customs officers found a 0.003g trace of cannabis stuck to his shoe. It could happen to you.
4. South Korea
If you have THC in your system while in South Korea, you could be in deep shit. The presence of THC in urine or hair is enough to put you behind bars for at least a few months. If you’re a Korean citizen, you can be jailed and fined for smoking even while you’re outside the country. Crown J, a Korean rapper, received eight months in prison plus fines for lighting up in the US. This, believe it or not, is completely backward to North Korea, the military, dictator run state has NO RULES regarding marijuana.
Syria’s not exactly a place you want to be right now for reasons that far supersede issues of marijuana legality and punishment. Still, we’d be remiss not to include it on this list. Before war broke out, marijuana infractions of any level could carry sentences of up to life in prison. War has increased tensions surrounding the drug, as locals who had begun growing plants as a means of supporting local economies affected by the war have faced violent, sometimes lethal drug raids.
I imagine Syria wasn’t on your bucket list of places to visit unless you are a war enthusiast. But the other four countries are very much tourist attractions, so stay safe out there.
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