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The worst that can happen to you for committing a nonviolent marijuana crime, around the World

The worst that can happen to you for committing a nonviolent marijuana crime, around the World
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Everyone knows different countries treat drugs differently. For example, if you get caught buying or selling a large amount of marijuana in Canada, you’re probably not going to get your head chopped off by the government–but in Saudi Arabia, that is the law.

I wanted to see just how different the laws were in world when it came to nonviolent marijuana crimes: that is, if one or more people are breaking a marijuana-related crime (like buying, selling, smoking, or producing) and they didn’t hurt anyone in the process, what is the worst that can legally happen to them?

So I made the above map. I primarily relied on two sources:

1. http://www.legislationline.org/documents/section/criminal-codes Which has the English translation of many countries’ criminal codes
2. http://www.ihra.net/files/2010/06/16/IHRA_DeathPenaltyReport_Web1.pdf Which gaves detailed breakdowns of countries that have the death penalty for drug offences

And for countries not the in the above two sources, I manually searched the internet for their penal codes, occasionally using Google Translate to help me out.

So here are the results. Rmemember, this is a map of the maximum punishment you can receive for nonviolent marijuana offences. So if you are a nonviolent producer, seller, user, distributor, importer or exporter:

Red countries will (potentially) kill you if you commit certain marijuana crimes (usually heavy trafficking, but sometimes repeat minor offenders are also executed);

Green countries will (potentially) throw you in prison for at least 20 years for committing certain nonviolent marijuana crimes;

Orange countries will (potentially) imprison you for some period of time less than 20 years for committing certain nonviolent marijuana crimes.

(White countries I either couldn’t find the law for, or I found their legalese unclear.)

Hopefully one day we’ll live in a world where no one is thrown in jail for nonviolent marijuana offences.

 

  • Press one for English

    In Saudi if you steal a bag of weed and get caught they cut off your hand and your head.

  • Press one for English

    In Saudi if you steal a bag of weed and get caught they cut off your hand and your head.

  • http://www.packnstash.com/ packnstash

    It is hard to believe that people could be killed for nonviolent crimes involving marijuana. What a sad thing to hear!

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Ash Navabi is an MA Economics student at George Mason University. Send him mail.

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