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New UAE law Targets promotion of images of drugs on clothes and cars

There’s a new drug law in the UAE which is punishable by fines of up to  Dh50,000 and in some circumstances, land violators in prison!

Under the new law, people who wear clothes or place stickers on their cars that display images of drugs, such as the marijuana leaf can be punished.

There is a punishment for anyone who possesses products that display images or text encouraging use of illegal substances under the Federal Decree Law No. 30 of 2021 on Combating Narcotics and Psychotropic Substances.

Forbidden By Law

While it may not seem like a big deal, UAE police departments have warned against such displays and it is now forbidden by law. 

Director of Hemaya International Centre at Dubai Police, Colonel Abdullah Al Khayat, said there are some youngsters who want to “imitate foreign culture that supports such behaviour and considers it as personal freedom”, despite it is going against the social and religious values of the UAE.

Col Al Khayat also noted that that a study by an addiction centre at a US-based university suggests that youngsters can become curious and want to consume drugs when they see their favourite celebrities or influencers use drugs.

“The study says about 75 per cent of teenagers watching pictures of youngsters smoking hashish, drinking alcohol or wearing such clothes are encouraged to do the same.”

What does the new law say

Article 55 of the new UAE drug law states that a minimum  fine of Dh50,000 will be issued to anyone who produces, imports, sells, possess or promotes products or publications displaying pictures, drawings and texts that encourage committing crimes related to narcotics and psychotropic substances .

So if you choose to wear or use such clothes or any products or publication be prepared to fork out a minimum of Dh5,000 or face  jail time of up to two years.

Officials also called on community members to stay alert and to raise awareness about these laws among the younger crowd.