An American man who traveled to Dubai has found himself in a pretty unfortunate situation.
Back in February, Peter Clark traveled from Las Vegas – where weed is legal medically and recreationally – to Dubai.
While in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the 51-year-old came down with a case of pancreatitis and at this moment is where his unfortunate luck begins.
While in the hospital being treated for his inflamed pancreas, doctors found traces of weed in his urine, the New York Post reported.
For those who may be unaware, cannabis in the UAE is illegal, even in minuscule amounts. When found in urine, it is considered possession, and doctors were obligated to report it to authorities.
Arrested on March 3 for possession, Clark spent three days in a “flea-ridden cell” before being allowed back to his hotel.
“The UAE’s arbitrary enforcement of laws and lack of predictable legal outcomes means that Peter potentially faces years in prison for legally smoking marijuana. Even if found innocent, he can be dragged through a slow and costly legal process,” said Clark’s attorney, Radha Stirling
According to Clark, and reported by the Post, he brought no drugs into Dubai, nor did he buy or consume drugs.
In a video posted after his release, Clark describes his inhumane experience.
“Lost a ton of weight, no shower, no food, nothing to drink since I got here, no sleep,” said Clark.
Clark, who is stuck in Dubai until further notice, is currently awaiting his fate. He faces up to four years in jail.