There are actually only two countries where cannabis is fully legal: Uruguay and Canada. Cannabis was legalized across Canada for both medical and recreational purposes in October of 2018. Marijuana was legalized in Uruguay back in 2013. Other countries have lighter punishments and regions where cannabis is legalized, but only those two have legalization across the country.
That’s why we thought it would be fun to remember how lucky we have it here in Canada by listing the countries with the harshest cannabis laws, in order of not-so-menacing (but still terrible), to downright terrifying.
United Arab Emirates
You are not allowed to possess or consume any amount of cannabis or resinwith a prison sentence of 4 years or more in place for offenders, plus fines. Dealing cannabis will result in a 10- to 15-year prison sentence and sizeable fines. Although rare, there is a law that states that traffickers may be put to death.
A first-time cannabis offender could find themselves doing hard labour in a Japanese prison for up to 5 years. An individual involved in the production, sale, and transport of the drug faces harsher sentencingup to twice the imprisonment length.
Following Islamic law, Tunisia will jail you for up to one year if you are caught with a small quantity of cannabis, along with a fine. Dealers get up to 10 years and smugglers or traffickers often get life.
Anyone possessing or purchasing cannabis will receive a 2 to 5-year prison sentence. Because Turkey is a gateway to Europe for Middle-Eastern cannabis producers, importers or exporters of the drug face harsh sentences of 20 to 30 years behind bars. And the sentence for the sale or transport of cannabis within Turkey is 10 to 15 years.
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