High marijuana use a growing phenomenon in Iran

In the ultraconservative nation of Iran that is known to uphold a harsh code of conduct, the popularity of marijuana is growing with little interference by the government. 

According to a New York Times report Saturday, Iranian police pay little heed to the vast use of marijuana, which is allegedly vaguely mentioned in the country's Islamic penal code.

In Iran, alcohol is illegal and consumption can be penalized with up to 99 lashes or a fine. The government has also engaged in an extensive war on hard drugs such as heroin and opium and with Afghan cartels. However, there are reportedly no prison sentence or physical repercussions for people in possession of small amounts of the drug.

Although the Iranian government is reported to annually execute hundred of drug dealers, the low threat of backlash over weed has reportedly catapulted the use of the drug.


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