5 Crazy Weed Laws Around The World That You Probably Don’t Know
From the good to the bad, around the world – and even from state to state – cannabis laws change dramatically, with some that you might not even believe.
In the United States, weed is legal in one form or another in 29 states, with more states set to follow suit. And even though the current administration still has a problem with your favorite herb (don’t forget that cannabis is still illegal at the federal level), some states have weed laws that aren’t as archaic as those of other countries. But, while weed can be legal, there are some bizarre laws that stop certain kind of advertisements and even penalize canna-businesses that relocate. Although, that’s nothing compared to Dubai, which could see you in a whole lot of trouble for even the smallest amount of weed.
Japan is one country where it’s best to not get caught with any weed, even just the smallest amount, as the Cannabis Control Law can see someone arrested for having one joint. Yes, just the one. If it goes to court, you could be sentenced to five years of jail time. It might be best to stick with the sake.
In the Silver State, businesses are only allowed to use a maximum of two fonts on signs, with no decorative fonts being allowed. While that can lead to good design, it’s still a weird law. The reasoning behind it? The Nevada lawmakers think that the signs won’t be appealing to the minors (even though minors cannot purchase the weed). Let’s just hope those lawmakers never visit the Las Vegas Strip.
Like Nevada, the Copper State also has a bizarre law, which makes any canna-business pay $2500 if they move premises (or change the name). Why? That’s a good question. So, if you’re about to open a headshop in Arizona, it pays to make sure you have a long-term lease and a name you’re happy with.
When it comes to laws, Dubai has some of the most extreme. Even the smallest amount could see you in big trouble. If you’re caught carrying, you’ll receive a mandatory minimum sentence of four years behind bars. So, if you’re traveling to the UAE, it’s best to make sure you’re not carrying.
Even though Amsterdam is one of the world’s most well-known destinations for those that smoke weed, it’s still illegal to cultivate cannabis. Yes, even though the country decriminalized the possession of small amounts over 40 years ago, it is still illegal to cultivate the stuff. But those contradictory laws might soon be changing (for the better, too).