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Legalization of Marijuana has now become acceptable in most states of the United States and a few other countries. But some countries have not yet joined this progress, they still hold outdated and very strict drug laws that they enforce and continue cracking down on marijuana users.
These countries never want their citizens to access cannabis for recreational or medical purposes, and those who dare to have access end up facing severe punishments.
The following among others are some of the worst places to go traveling as a stoner:
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The country consists of islands that offer majestic coastline sceneries and high-class snorkeling, which makes it a perfect location for sparking up your vacation.
Unfortunately, if you are caught with any amount of cannabis, you may find yourself behind bars for a minimum of four years. Additionally, if you dare to unsuccessfully import marijuana of any amount into the country, get ready to spend 5 to15 years in prison.
Generally, you could ruin a vacation in Indonesia if caught with weed. Even talking about the sweet leaf in public may get you into some hot soup with the local people, who will actually threaten to report you to get a bribe from you.
2. United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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If you are arrested in possession of cannabis in UAE, expect to get a minimum of four years in jail.
This country which is dominated by Muslim has among of the most strict laws of marijuana than anywhere else in the world. Just like South Korea, police can test you for drugs at any given moment and if happen to find any THC content in your system, you will surely have a rough time.
Being considered as a police state, there is zero-tolerance policy in Dubai on drug use.
It usually very expensive and notoriously difficult to smoke cannabis here. If caught doing so, the repercussions are quite severe. The best you can do is to save the smoking session until when you successfully get out of the country.
3. Saudi Arabia
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Saudi Arabia is among the worst countries to get arrested smoking weed. It can easily cause you to be given a death penalty.
A first time offender will be imprisoned for six months, and if arrested for a second time, you may be given a prison sentence for seven years. The death penalty is applied if arrested for the third time.
Beheadings for traffickers and public floggings for those using drugs are some of the things you wouldn't want to mess with. It is very hard to find cannabis here, and so you may even not have a choice of whether you will smoke or not.
Unless having a good time involves being flogged by the big guys in the middle of a desert, it's better for you to leave your stash at home.
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This land of incredible anime and sushi doesn't mess around when dealing with marijuana. Any drug use in Japan is highly considered a taboo and is frowned upon by the citizens.
If you are caught smoking, just say goodbye to the five years that follow in your life. In addition to this lengthy sentence, all your body muscles will get used to aching from the hard manual labor you will be exposed to, and the beating you will receive as well.
For First-time drug offenders, you may be lucky not to taste jail time, but if arrested, you will definitely be deported and banned from traveling to Japan.
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This may be possibly the country where repercussions of being arrested smoking marijuana are worst. If one is found cultivating one cannabis seed, you could face life imprisonment.
Worse of it all, one could easily be sentenced to death if found in possession of more than 200 grams of cannabis.
Generally, the best you can do before you decide whether to smoke while abroad is to get knowledge about the laws of local drug use before travel. Evaluate all the risks and ensure you understand what you may get into should you be arrested.
If you are tempted to enjoy a good smoke while traveling to various destinations of this amazing planet be sure to read my cannabis friendly holidays guide.