December 30, 2021
New drug laws in the UAE have changed the legal picture on many counts, including on what is considered legal and illegal upon entering into UAE territory. In this article in the Khaleej Times newspaper, Al Rowaad Advocates Managing Partner Hassan El Hais explains that cannabis products in food will be treated very differently to those in e-cigarettes or vapes. Beginning January 2, 2022, those caught with cannabis food products will have their goods confiscated and be given a warning, but will not face legal measures. However, cannabis oil for vapes are considered to have been purchased from unlicensed shops and with a degree of intention, and therefore no such exemption is granted.
December 24, 2021
The new legal approach to narcotic use embedded in UAE legal changes encourages a focus on rehabilitation and not punishment, with a raft of changes lessening jail terms, placing convicted users in drug rehabilitation centres instead of jails, and even making deportation at the end of a narcotics optional for judges. Al Rowaad Advocates Managing Partner Hassan Elhais is quoted in this Gulf News article examining the main changes in legal amendments introduced, where he explains the desire of authorities to put public health and criminal justice concerns alongside security and law enforcement concerns.
November 30, 2021
The overhaul of the UAE's drug laws, as part of a wide-ranging reform of more than 40 laws, will have some people gasping. The changes include the end to mandatory deportation of convicted drug users, a lessening of minimum sentences to three months for first-time offenders, and sentencing convicted users to rehabilitation programmes instead of jail.