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Cannabis laws in Qatar

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Medical: illegal
Recreational: illegal

It is illegal to possess, sell, or cultivate cannabis for recreational or medical use in Qatar.

Possible penalties for cannabis in Qatar

Qatar has a zero-tolerance policy for drugs, and cannabis is no exception. While the country is notoriously tight-lipped about specifics regarding breaking laws, smuggling any substance can lead to 20 years in prison and fines of up to $80,000. Possession, public consumption, and growing are all crimes that have steep punishments. 

Non-Qatar residents with drug charges may be deported. Offenders with repeat drug charges (even charges from outside Qatar) could face the death penalty. According to The Athletic, embassies are typically unable to intervene when a citizen of their country is detained there on drug-related charges. 

As a monarchy, different rules or punishments may apply to people who are within, close to, or under the protection of the Royal Family.  

Medical marijuana in Qatar 

Qatar has no medical marijuana program, and is not expected to develop one in the coming years. 

CBD regulations

CBD is not legal in Qatar. There is no distinction between hemp and marijuana plants, and any form of cannabis (with or without THC) is illegal. 

Can you grow your own weed?

No, growing cannabis is illegal in Qatar.

Visiting Qatar – can you buy or bring marijuana products?

It is inadvisable to attempt to bring cannabis into or buy cannabis during a visit to Qatar. While the country doubtless has a black market where cannabis is available, it also has a zero-tolerance policy for any substance, and even alcohol is illegal for most residents. The threat of 20 years in jail should be enough to dissuade you from trying to buy cannabis from strangers. 

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