Dubai is the most populated of all 7 political territories that make up the The United Arab Emirates, which is home to some of the strictest, no tolerance, marijuana policies in the world. Even the slightest suspicion of marijuana possession can turn ugly very quickly for residents and visitors alike. Unfortunately for one British woman, even a cannabis positive urine sample may result in a sentence of four years in a Dubai prison. This has happened without her being found in possession of any amount of actual marijuana or derivative products. It was simply a positive urine test that resulted in a conviction.
The 25-year-old woman was prosecuted recently by the Dubai Criminal Court for simply having consumed hashish, and sentenced to four years in jail followed by deportation back to England once the term has been served. The woman was never found to be in possession of cannabis in any form. The only evidence was a urine sample that tested positive for THC. Back in February of this year, police invaded and searched her home because of an anonymous tip.
With the help of her father, the woman has appealed this decision on the grounds that she was prescribed medical marijuana by her physician in London to treat multiple debilitating medical conditions. The Dubai Court of Appeal has delayed it’s ruling over this, to reportedly consult with physicians first.
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