Is marijuana authorized in Oman?


Oman is often referred to as the Switzerland of the Middle East and plays an important role in peacekeeping and bureaucracy in the region. Oman is a country that is unlikely to be on the radar of cannabis enthusiasts. And for good reason, as Oman takes legal matters related to marijuana very seriously.

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Weed laws in Oman

In Oman, drugs are drugs. If these are illegal drugs in the eyes of the government of Oman, being in possession is a serious criminal offense. Regardless of whether you have weed, heroin, or cocaine, all illegal drugs are classified equally. Oman still has the death penalty so that’s something to watch out for.

These laws are not going to change anytime soon. However, recent developments in other Middle Eastern countries could cause a snowball effect to slowly infiltrate Oman.

A green Middle East

For a long time, the Middle East was the last region in the world that did not advocate any marijuana reforms. However, this is slowly changing as both Lebanon and Israel recently announced some big changes.

In a late surprise for 2020, Israel just announced that the country plans to legalize recreational cannabis within 9 months. This would make Israel the first country in the Middle East and also the first country in the Asian continent.

In slightly less exciting but still important news, Lebanon announced in April 2020 that the country would legalize the use of medicinal cannabis. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean anything to Oman, but it shows the region’s willingness to modernize some laws. Whether or not Oman is ready to give legal marijuana a chance is another question. For now we just have to wait and see.

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Oman marijuana tourism

In case it wasn’t clear enough, any form of weed tourism or cannabis use in Oman is a very bad idea. Exploring the mosques and the city of Muscat at altitude, or the beaches and countryside of Musandam may be tempting, but it might just be the last tourist activity you can ever do.


Beth Edmonds