Iran is Surprisingly Progressive on Cannabis

When examining cultural differences around the globe, one doesn’t need to work hard to see the gap between Iran and the entire Western World.

The 1979 revolution which toppled the U.S. supported Persian monarchy and instituted a strict Religious Islamic regime made our co-existence on this planet somewhat frosty.  In recent years, there have been varying degrees of thaw and refreeze, but still, the cultural and political differences remain. One of the few exceptions to that rule is marijuana.

According to a recent article in the New York Times, Iranians love their weed, and the Ayatollah does not seem to care.

The ultra-strict government that has a penalty on the books of 99 lashes for consuming alcohol and routinely executes suspected drug dealers turns a blind eye to cannabis.  In fact, there is seemingly no penalty on the law books for cannabis at...

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