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UAE Defies Global Trend Towards Cannabis Liberalization As the cannabis industry is growing across much of Western Europe and North America, businesses would be wise to familiarise themselves Billy Hood, 25, from Kensington, London, was working as a football coach in the UAE when police discovered four small bottles of the CBD oil derived from cannabis, and a vape pen, in his car and arrested him on 31 January.

UAE Defies Global Trend Towards Cannabis Liberalization

As the cannabis industry is growing across much of Western Europe and North America, businesses would be wise to familiarise themselves with the UAE framework to avoid any unintended consequences as seen in the recent case of Billy Hood (see here). The UAE maintains a strict zero tolerance policy on the use of cannabis as further explained below.

UAE Framework:

  • Federal Decree-Law No. 30/2021 On Combating Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances (the “Law“).

The Law prohibits the procurement, import, export, manufacture, extraction, separation, production, possession, acquisition and abuse of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. Cannabis is specifically mentioned and its definition includes cannabis-derived products (including but not limited to hemp, hemp seeds, and THC and CBD-related products).

Medical Use:

The Law does allow for the use of cannabis for medical purposes strictly and as long as it is prescribed by a licensed physician in the UAE. Clinical trials can also be conducted, however only controlled medical applications of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances may be administered for scientific research and this must approved by the Ministry of Health and Prevention. The private and public sector are prevented from growing, manufacturing and selling cannabis products for recreational purposes but it may be imported for medicinal purposes. Under the Law, cannabis products may be imported into the UAE but this will require a written permit signed by the director of the importing company and in the format prescribed by the relevant UAE competent authority.

As a result, the feasibility of marketing even medical cannabis in the UAE is currently very low.

Hemp products

At the moment, there is no distinction between cannabis and hemp. However, there is an exemption for hemp seed oil (not hemp seeds), as hemp seed oil is permitted for use in the UAE. The Dubai Municipality confirmed in a news article published in January 2019 that the sale and purchase of hemp seed oil is legal, and hemp seed oil can be found in cosmetics and health care products sold in the UAE. The extraction process used for hemp seed oil (similar to olives and coconuts) means that it does not have narcotic properties and as such its use is permitted.

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Penalties under the Law

The Law provides for the following penalties:

  • If found in possession of cannabis, a first time offender may be to sentenced to imprisonment between three months and up to one year and given a fine of an amount between AED 20,000 (approx. USD 5,400) and AED 100,000 (approx. USD 27,000). The UAE courts have the discretion to exchange punishment for first-time offenders with treatment in specialized rehabilitation units to be established across the UAE under the Law.
  • Repeat offenders will have increased punishments ranging from 6 months to 2 years imprisonment and fines between AED 30,000 (approx. USD 8,000) to AED 100,000.
  • If found to be selling or distributing cannabis in the UAE, a penalty of imprisonment for a period of not less than 10 years and not more than 15 years will be imposed on offenders and the individual will also face a fine of not less than AED 100,000. For repeat offenders the penalty will be increased to life imprisonment (25 years) and another fine of AED 100,000.
  • For causing harm to another, the penalty is imprisonment for no less than 7 years and a fine of no less than AED 100,000. In the case of serious harm, imprisonment is no less than 10 years and a fine of no less than AED 200,000 may be imposed.
  • Any non-UAE national found guilty of the aforesaid crimes will likely be deported after serving the prison sentence.
  • Under the Law, drug trafficking or causing the death of the victim through drugs is punishable by an imprisonment of 25 years or in extremely rare cases by death (usually executed by firing squad). In February 2020 four men were sentenced to death for smuggling heroin into the UAE (see here).

In looking towards the future, it is clear that the UAE will still maintain a strict policy on cannabis as evidenced by the imprisonment of the British football coach Billy Hood (see our blog post on this case). Furthermore, the marketing of cannabis for medicinal products will still be of limited value in light of the current framework. For further information please contact Laya Aoun of our Dubai office.

Billy Hood: Briton jailed in Dubai for possessing CBD vape oil has term cut from 25 years to 10 – despite new laws allowing for deportation

Billy Hood, 25, from Kensington, London, was working as a football coach in the UAE when police discovered four small bottles of the CBD oil derived from cannabis, and a vape pen, in his car and arrested him on 31 January.

Tuesday 30 November 2021 23:31, UK

A British football coach who was jailed for 25 years in Dubai for possessing CBD vape oil has had his sentenced reduced to 10 years on appeal.

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It comes after the United Arab Emirates recently said it would bring in new laws meaning foreigners found to be in possession of products containing THC, the main intoxicating chemical in cannabis, can be deported rather than jailed as long as it is their first offence.

Billy Hood, 25, from Kensington, London, was working as a football coach in the UAE when police discovered four small bottles of the CBD oil derived from cannabis, and a vape pen, in his car and arrested him on 31 January.

He was convicted of drug trafficking with intent to supply by a court and has been held ever since.

CBD oil, which is derived from cannabis, is legal in the UK but because it sometimes contains trace elements of THC it is not tolerated under the UAE’s strict drug laws.

Mr Hood says the bottles and vape pen were left in his car by a friend he had driven to the airport two weeks prior to his arrest, and that he was forced to sign a confession written in Arabic after being held in appalling conditions for four days.

He says he was refused a translator and told he would not be released from his cell, where he was held with 30 other men and given only bread and water, unless he signed the document.

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On Tuesday, his mother, Breda Guckion, said she was feeling “broken” by the latest legal ruling, adding: “It’s very confusing. How can this have escalated as far as it has?

“I tried not to get my hopes up for today as I knew something like this might happen, but I now have to face the possibility that I may not see my son before Christmas and I can’t tell you how broken I am feeling.”

The campaign group Detained in Dubai, which is lobbying for the Briton’s release, said: “Abu Dhabi Courts accept Billy Hood did not traffic nor sell the CBD vape oil left in his car by a visiting friend.

“They accept that he ‘unintentionally possessed’ the CBD but have sentenced him to 10 years in prison, despite new legislation eliminating prison sentences for foreigners found in possession and allowing for deportation.”

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Radha Stirling, chief executive of Detained in Dubai, said: “The UAE has just claimed they will eliminate prison sentences for foreigners found to be in possession of THC products, opting for deportation instead but this law does not come into effect until January 2022 and may not apply retroactively.”

She added: “Dubai police were extremely negligent when they charged Billy Hood with trafficking and selling the mini bottles of CBD vape oil found in his car.

“They turned what would have been a small possession case at worst into a federal case that has seen him locked up for almost a year and facing a life sentence in Abu Dhabi.

“There was no evidence whatsoever of trafficking and none of selling. Dubai’s overzealous prosecution has ruined this young man’s life and put him and his family through hell.

“Billy was forced to confess to federal crimes with promises of his imminent release. He was given both a carrot and a stick, so some prosecutor could get his dues. It’s all too familiar a story.”

A clemency request has been submitted by the Foreign Office for Billy’s release and a petition set up by the family has attracted almost 160,000 signatures.

“We pray every day for Billy’s release,” said Billy’s brother Alex.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are giving consular support to a British man who has been imprisoned in the UAE. We are in contact with his family in the UK.”

Earlier this year, the UAE government said: “The General Directorate for Drug Control (GDDC) received a tip-off that Mr Billy Hood, possessed quantities of synthetic cannabis oil with the intention of selling.

“Consequently, Mr Hood was apprehended on 2 February 2021 and then charged with drug trafficking, following the search of the vehicle he was driving.

“Mr Hood was found to be in possession of quantities of synthetic cannabis oil, known scientifically as ‘MDMB-4en-PINACA’.

“The police search of Mr Hood’s vehicle found the cannabis oil, substantial amounts of cash, an electronic hookah, various storage bottles and boxes, and 570 individual cartridges to be used for substance vaping.

“Mr Hood was convicted based on evidence including the items found in his possession, information on his phone, third party statement, and his own confession.”

It added that Mr Hood had access to an interpreter at all times, his ruling was made in accordance with UAE law, and that the substance in question has no therapeutic use.

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