Don’t take that next dab for granted. While you’re firing up your rig and checking out some Netflix documentary from the safety of your cushy couch, some hash fan in Saudi Arabia may be getting their head chopped off just for trying to supply his fellow man with a little hit of joy.
Two men were executed in the Saudi Arabian city of Jazan after being convicted of smuggling hash into the country, according to the Agence France Presse. The two men were Yemeni citizens Ahmed Mubarak and Abdul Salam al-Jamali.
A third man, Saudi national Daifallah al-Omrani, was killed by the Saudi government on the same day for trafficking amphetamines. The three executions bring the total number of people put to death in Saudi Arabia so far this year to 63. Most people sentenced to the death penalty in the country have their heads chopped off by swords.
The county, needless to say, has some pretty strict drug policies. As the AFP puts it, “The kingdom practices a strict Islamic legal code under which murder, drug trafficking, armed robbery, rape and apostasy are all punishable by death.”
The idea, according to the Saudi government, is to deter crime. And one would imagine it does. But one also might wonder exactly what kind of ill the hash that was intercepted would have done to the country that wouldn’t have been worse than chopping three people’s heads off. Or what the 153 people put to death last year in the country (a two decade high, according to Amnesty International) would have done if left alive that would have been worse than murdering 153 people.
Rights activists have raised issues over the fairness of trials in Saudi Arabia, not to mention their penchant for murdering criminals. For now, just leave that hash alone if you’re planning on sunny Saudi Arabia for your spring break trip.