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Jail for Dubai DJ with cannabis in his blood 29, June 2010

Posted by thegulfblog.com in The Emirates.
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A British DJ has been sent to jail in Dubai for 4 years for having traces of cannabis in his blood. No cannabis was found in his possession.

The Emirate is well-known for its absurd harsh anti-drugs policy. Though Dubai’s police aren’t good enough to catch over thirty Mossad agents sauntering through Dubai and killing a Hamas commander, they have arrested and prosecuted other visitors for carrying 2.16g and 0.0002g of cannabis as well as 0.5g of hashish and 2 poppy seeds. Nice to see they have their priorities in the right place.

Clearly the government and police need to pursue such a draconian policy to act as a moral counterweight to all of Dubai’s debauchery. With a silent minority/majority of Emiratees unhappy at Dubai’s ‘westernisation’ replete with legions of prostitutes and drinking culture, these kinds of petty symbolic efforts are there – like the proverbial finger in a Dike – to appease locals and for officials to save face.