Some of us like to live on the edge. When I was a kid, I used to shoplift Snickers bars from the local 7-11 and then angelically give them to my mom as token of my affection. I knew if I ever was caught, I’d be locked in the linen closet until my 18th birthday with nothing to sustain me but Flintstones vitamins and water. Like so many others, I love flirting with disaster and sometimes this manifests as a strong desire to smoke pot in unusual or risky places. I understand the thrill of lighting up in front of a police station or in the bathroom at work, but sometimes, it’s not worth the risk. Here’s a list of places where the smart decision is to pass on grass.
7. Salt Lake City
Nothing makes a person want to blaze more than being in the Repression Capital of the World, but before you toke up, think twice. Possession of less than one ounce of marijuana is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine up to $1,000. In January of 2011, Utah police raided a house for a small amount of marijuana and ended up killing Todd Blair, a harmless pothead.
6. The Airport
Sure, flying gives you anxiety. So, buy a beer because security at airports is extremely tight. If you bring weed into an airport, you are practically begging for a cavity search. Even in marijuana-friendly hippie havens like San Francisco, drug dogs and “enhanced pat-downs” are commonplace at airports.
Don’t smoke pot in Dubai. In fact, if you even smell marijuana, walk in the opposite direction until you find a fire-hose you can use to sterilize any part of your body that may have come into contact with it. British tourist Keith Brown was sentenced to four years in prison after Dubai customs officers found a 0.003g trace of cannabis stuck to his shoe. It could happen to you.
4. Oklahoma City
It doesn’t matter if you are watching The Simpsons on your neighbor’s couch, or walking through fields of waving wheat. If the fuzz catches you smoking reefer in Oklahoma City, you’ll lose your driver’s license. So not only will you will be stuck in city that is harsh on weed, you’ll also have no way to escape.
3. Little Rock
I hate to ruin all your exotic summer vacation plans, but if you want to blaze in Little Rock, Arkansas, be prepared to smoke pot that feels and tastes like oregano. According to High Times Magazine, this city has the lowest quality pot in the entire country. Not only that, but any possession can result in jail time.
William Gibson famously described Singapore as “Disneyland with the death penalty.” The statute’s penal provisions for drug possession are practically medieval, providing for long terms of imprisonment, caning, and capital punishment for even relatively small amounts of marijuana.
I know, the thought of smoking a bowl while you sit on a rock and overlook crystal clear waters full of happy, playful turtles is irresistible. Don’t do it. Malaysian drugs laws are the toughest in the world, calling for a mandatory death penalty in the case of trafficking more than 7 oz. of marijuana.
What did we miss? Where would you not recommend smoking weed?