President Trump said recently that people who deal drugs in the United States should receive the death penalty. He drove his message of zero tolerance home over the weekend at a rally in Pennsylvania, saying, “I don’t think we should play games” with dope slingers who capitalizing on junkie America. Trump credits his newfound interest in putting drug offenders to death to a number of foreign lands.
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It seems that some of the more psychotic of world leaders have convinced the Orange Goon that murdering people for non-violent crimes is the only way out of the scourge of drug addiction and overdose deaths. It should frighten the U.S. population to the core that Trump is taking policy advice from nations who kill people for simple drug infractions, including marijuana possession. Here are some of them.
Although China will not execute anyone busted with a small amount of marijuana, the nation has no issue whatsoever about stringing up drug traffickers until they are dead. Depending on the offense, people convicted of smuggling large amounts of marijuana can either be put down in a public hanging, shooting, or if they are lucky lethal injection.
Marijuana has been illegal in Egypt since the late 1800’s. Although the country is not a leading executioner for pot crimes, large-scale drug traffickers can face the death penalty for their leafy indiscretions. This has been the law of the land since the late 1980’s.
Singapore has been against marijuana for the past two hundred years. This country is infamous for locking up small time drug offenders and it pulls no punches about the need to kill for cannabis. Its drug policy is considered one of the strictest on the planet. Although the country considers 15 grams of weed to be a trafficking violation, the law does not designate the death penalty for crimes less than 500 grams. So pack light.
Drug traffickers have feared Malaysia since the early 1950’s. This is where capital punishment is the end of the line for anyone who dares smuggle marijuana. The death penalty is mandatory for this or any other drug trafficking offense, according to the language of the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1952. There has been some talk about abolishing the country’s mandatory death sentence, but for now it is still very much in play.
Southeast Asian governments do not mess around with drug offenders. This part of the world deemed the “Golden Triangle” is more of a detriment the lives of pot traffickers than anywhere else in the world. Myanmar has extremely harsh laws against marijuana. Although the country went through a period between 2005 and 2015 where no one was executed for drugs, judicial officials recently brought this dry spell to an end.
President Rodrigo Duterte is responsible for transforming the Philippines into the most recognizable nation in the world for spilling blood in the name of drugs. People caught with weed can be killed on the spot. Some of the latest data shows that somewhere around 12,000 drug offenders have lost their lives since Duterte won the election in 2016.
Saudi Arabia also has a strict policy for marijuana possession. The nation has a three-strike rule. The first strike earns a person 6 months in jail, while a second offense bumps the sentence up quite a bit – 7 years of hard time. Saudi officials stop messing around on the third offense. This is when they call upon the death penalty to ensure they never see that person again.
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Let’s keep the United States out of this madness.