Legality of Cannabis by U.S. Jurisdiction

Cannabis in the United Arab Emirates is illegal. Trafficking has a minimum five year sentence. Use and possession has a minimum three month sentence, and may result in deportation of expats.[1]


The UAE is not a significant cannabis producer or consumer, but is a major transshipment point for cannabis from Pakistan and Afghanistan, due to its free ports and heterogeneous population.[2]


  1. ^ Al Amir, Salam (28 November 2021). "UAE's new drug laws cut sentences and end mandatory deportation for expats". The National. Retrieved 18 December 2021.
  2. ^ Sebastian Maisel (2009). Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab States Today: An Encyclopedia of Life in the Arab States. Greenwood Press. pp. 124–. ISBN 978-0-313-34442-8.