If you were asked whether the United States or Lebanon has more rational laws when it comes to drugs, you'd like to think the answer is the U.S. But after a new ruling, it turns out Lebanon is far more ahead of America when it comes to drug use.
A judge in Lebanon issued a binding ruling telling all of the country's prosecutors to no longer prosecute cases involving drug use. The ruling affects not only marijuana users but all drug users in the country, making it a pretty progressive decriminalization policy.
Technically, the judge's ruling shouldn't have been necessary in the first place. Lebanon law already said that people arrested for drug use were supposed to be referred to an "Addiction Committee" who would determine how to help them kick their habit instead of being prosecuted. However, only three percent of drug cases in the country were actually referred to the committee since the law began. The judge's ruling basically means prosecutors will now need to start actually following the law.
This doesn't mean you'll be able to go around using marijuana or other drugs freely in Lebanon. Drug use is still illegal in the country, and you'll still be detained for an investigation period. And while you may be referred to an Addiction Committee, that doesn't mean there won't be fines or other punishments involved.
But this does indicate that Lebanon may be on track to fully decriminalizing marijuana and other drugs in the future.
(h/t Gino's Blog)