If you thought the questionable backstreets around your particularly suburb were a dangerous place to smoke weed, think again. When compared to some of the world’s most weed unfriendly places, even the most conservative towns and cities across the US pale in comparison.
Legalization is doing its thing on a global basis, but there’s still a way to go. Though it goes without saying that some of the world’s weed-hating nations will never legalize cannabis under any circumstances.
Whether it’s for recreational or medicinal purposes, cannabis can get you in a massive amount of trouble in some places. Detailed below, you’ll find a brief overview of the world’s five most dangerous places to smoke weed - all of which make the situation in the US look all the more liberal:
First up, Singapore is such a strict place that corporal punishment is handed out for even the simplest of misgivings. Unsurprisingly, therefore, possession of even the tiniest quantities of cannabis could see you jailed for 10 years, slapped with a $20,000 penalty or publicly caned. Worse still, get caught with more than 500g on your person and you’ll be tried as a drug trafficker - often punishable by death.
2. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Similarly, possession of small quantities of cannabis in Saudi Arabia will see you spending at least the next few months behind bars. This is another place where public punishments are routinely carried out for minor drug offences, though with the Saudis swapping canes for whips. And they aren’t shy of making an example of foreigners, so don’t expect to use ignorance or naivety as a defense.
Anyone suspected to be dealing cannabis (even in small quantities) can expect to have the book thrown at them, with minimum mandatory sentences being pretty much off the scale.
Enter Malaysia through one of the country’s major airports and you’re immediately greeted with friendly signs, warning that the penalty for drug trafficking is death. Incredibly, anyone caught carrying just 7oz on their person will be tried as a drug trafficker and most likely executed. As for tiny amounts of cannabis for personal possession, you could still be set for 10 years in jail for holding a single joint’s worth.
Make no mistake about it - Malaysia is not a country that engages in any sort of rhetoric where drug offences are concerned. Not only do they routinely put foreign drug traffickers to death, but they ensure an appropriate media circus is made of the whole thing.
What’s interesting about Nigeria is the way in which cannabis consumption is rife and cannabis-related products are extremely popular. This would lead to the logical assumption that Nigeria is a relatively lenient place where cannabis law is concerned, which in reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Terrifyingly, being caught in possession of small quantities of cannabis in Nigeria means being handed a mandatory minimum sentence of 12 years in jail. If they reckon you were carrying enough to sell, you could spend the rest of your life behind bars.
Cannabis consumption may be prolific across Nigeria, but it’s safer to politely decline if offered weed during your travels.
Last but not least, the extent to which you can expect to be punished for cannabis crimes in Turkey depends on the nature of the crime and the part of the country you’re in. For example, if you’re busted smoking a joint in one of Turkey’s popular tourist resorts to the west, you could be slapped with a fine and told never to do it again. In the country’s more conservative regions, you could face jail time for simple possession - holding any amount of cannabis on your person for any reason is illegal nationwide.
Still, it’s better to err on the side of caution, given how small-scale possession is punishable by up to two years in jail. Not worth the risk, even if it means spending your holiday cannabis-free.