Thai embassies in other countries have issued warnings to travellers against the possession or use of cannabis following Thailand’s legalization of cannabis, which is still illegal in countries like Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Singapore and China.
Thais have been warned against bringing cannabis into those countries because they can be jailed, heavily fined or sentenced to death if caught.
Singapore’s Central Narcotics Bureau also reminded Singaporeans to stay away from the use of cannabis in any form, saying:
“(Under) the Misuse of Drugs Act, any Singapore citizen or permanent resident found to have consumed controlled drugs outside Singapore will also be liable for the drug consumption offence.”
They also added that checks are regularly done at various checkpoints, and those convicted of drug consumption face a jail term of up to 10 years and a fine of up to $20,000.
CNB spoke to the Straits Times saying that the liberal drug laws in some countries were brought about by a strong push by parties with vested interests and intense lobbying.
They (CNB) also rejected the notion that cannabis is a soft drug with medical benefits, saying that studies have shown that cannabis is addictive and harmful.
They also added that cannabis edibles like cakes, are irresponsibly marketed as harmless consumables.
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