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3 Things You Never Knew About Weed in Iran

Marijuana use rises in Iran with little government interference.

by Michael Geslani

The code of conduct in Iran is notorious for its harsh measures (re: whip lashes for alcohol consumption) and has waged a war against drug trafficking so most locals are now turning to cannabis as an easy way to obtain and enjoy the least penalized drug of choice. MERRY JANE has put together some interesting facts about marijuana use in Iran:

Marijuana Possession in Iran

While alcohol is illegal in Iran with a penalty of 99 lashes, most people get off with a fine. Marijuana on the other hand carries no penalty for carrying small amounts, which has fueled the sales of, “Gol”, the term used for marijuana in Iran. The abundant smell of marijuana now lingers throughout Iran’s capital of Tehran where one local describes how he smelled it inside a café once.

Where the Gol is Coming From

Most seeds are smuggled in from Amsterdam with many of them being genetically enhanced to produce stronger cannabis. Local dealers are just a phone call away and as common as people who sell illicit DVDs or alcoholic drinks. Smoking cannabis in Iran is fairly common from college students to local party-goers, and is usually preferred over alcohol.

What types of strains are available?

With seeds imported from Amsterdam you’ll likely find the same strains in Iran with one dealer's menu consisting of strains called Royal Queen, DNA, and Nirvana. Most strains can be found year-round, and locals see it skyrocket during the winter months where young skiers and snowboarders can be seen casually rolling joints riding the chairlift up the mountain.


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Michael Geslani is a Silicon Valley based writer who graduated from San Jose State University. You can follow him on IG @careerhigh.



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