Drugs and drug policy in the islamic republic of Iran

Drugs and drug policy in the islamic republic of Iran In 2018 a judicial order issued by the Islamic Republic of Iran chief justice, Sadeq Larijani, amended the country’s strict drug trafficking laws, raising the threshold that triggers the death penalty in drug possession cases. The new order set the stage for several thousand prisoners …

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From Cannabis prohibition to cannabis regulation in Iran

From cannabis prohibition to cannabis regulation in Iran It is with the establishment of the modern state (1920s) and, especially, with the foundation of the Islamic Republic in 1979 that prohibition of drugs, including  cannabis, becomes more stringent. In the first part of the 20th century, cannabis was a primary concern to Iranian policymakers (and …

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Historical background

Hum, homa, soum, sama, giyah-e javidan (‘the herb of the immortal’), giyahe moqaddas (‘sacred herb’), khadar (‘green’), kimiyah (‘alchemy’), qanaf (‘hemp’), zomord-e giyah-e (emerald herb) are among the many expressions given to cannabis in the Iranian plateau. More popular names are hashish, the Arabic word for “grass”, bang, an Avestan term indicating whole cannabis residue, …

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Cannabis status in Contemporary Iran

The question of cannabis through the legal interpretation of religious authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Introduction: Middle Eastern states and the Islamic world are known for adopting strict codes of prohibitions. These apply to sexual norms, such as premarital sex, social practices such as gambling and consumption behaviour as in the case of …

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