With marijuana legalization sweeping throughout numerous states all over the U.S., it is easy to forget that it isn’t legal everywhere. Some states remain firmly opposed to the drug, and many countries around the world still consider use and possession to be illegal to some degree. So while you may feel perfectly comfortable lighting up in your marijuana legal state, it might be worthwhile to consider some places where smoking up is downright scary. Here are some of the scariest places in the world to smoke weed.
Starting in the United States, Idaho is not somewhere you would want to be caught partaking of the herb. To date, the state still has some of the harshest cannabis laws in the U.S. Possession of a mere two ounces could get you a jail sentence of up to a year. Up that to three ounces and the sentence becomes five years. If you are visiting Idaho, therefore, do yourself a favor: leave the baggie at home and stick to the potatoes.
New Jersey is also notorious for its restrictive marijuana laws, with possession of cannabis in any amount enough to warrant an 18-month jail term, even if it is your first offense. You will also be liable for a fine that can be in the amount of $500 to $15,000, and your driver’s license can be revoked. Furthermore, you will also be required to put yourself in a drug rehabilitation program at your own expense.
It doesn’t end there. New Jersey also has equally restrictive laws for the possession of drug paraphernalia. Even common household items can be considered paraphernalia, and possession of these is an offense that can be added to your crime.
Over in Asia, China has long been known to have harsh drug laws. Ever since the Cultural Revolution that has brought the communists to power, the country has adopted a zero tolerance policy with regard to drug use. Any involvement with heavy drugs will almost certainly result in the death penalty, so you definitely don’t want to find out what kind of penalties are in store for you if you smoke a joint!
Malaysian drug laws are also notoriously harsh, and it doesn’t take much to find yourself on the wrong side of them. As little as seven ounces of marijuana may be enough to get you a trafficking charge, which warrants a death penalty. Police also routinely stop – and even detain – people on mere suspicion of drug use, and forced drug tests are common. If you are found to be positive for drugs, you will be sentenced to a year of drug treatment even if you do not have any drugs on you at the time of your arrest.
Singapore’s “Misuse of Drugs Act” should be enough to scare you off even planning to toke up there. Even if you are merely suspected of being a drug user, the police can arrest you and throw you in jail for anywhere from six to thirty-six months.