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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

UAE loosens laws on possession of cannabis products

01 Dec 2021. The United Arab Emirates will no longer imprison people who are caught importing certain cannabis products into the country, The Daily Telegraph reports.

The UAE is planning to relax some of its strict anti-drug laws. Under the new law, travellers caught importing food, drinks and other items containing cannabis will no longer be detained on the first offence. Instead, authorities will seize and destroy the products.

The law reform represents a departure from the country's zero-tolerance policy towards recreational drug use. Possession of drugs for personal use can be punished by up to 10 years in prison, and drug trafficking can carry a life sentence. The minimum sentence for first-time drug offences has been reduced from two years to three months., the report said.