Drug possession is a serious offense in any country but in the following countries the offense can lead to punishment above and beyond the seriousness of the offense.
- Malaysia: It’s the death penalty for anyone suspected of drug trafficking in this country. This is defined as anyone who has more than 7 ounces of marijuana or half an ounce of heroine on their person!
- Iran: On average at least 500 drug traffickers are executes every year in Iran, that’s more than 10,000 in just a few decades! If you have even a few ounces of marijuana on you it could be as much as 70 lashings for the crime.
- Saudi Arabia: In a country where alcohol consumption is punishable offense it should be no surprise that drug possession and use results in public floggings, hefty prison sentences and for drug traffickers public beheadings.
- China: Between January of and May of 2006 alone china imprisoned over 53,000 for drug offenses. More than 22,000 of these involved non-violent drug offenses that led to life in prison or the death penalty. 470 people were executes in 2007 alone, most of them for offenses linked to drugs.
- Indonesia: This country has some of the most serious responses to drug possession due to its staunch anti-drug policies. Regular drug users will find themselves dealing with a 10-15 year span in prison for the offense while drug dealers receive capital punishment, death by firing squad.
- United Arab Emerates: This is by far one of the most fanatical countries in terms of an anti-drug policy. Drug offenders are subject to capitol punishment and those who find themselves with even small traces of drugs on their person (one man faced 4 years in prison for .003 of marijuana on his shoe) face criminal charges that lead to jail terms.