Singaporeans who smoke weed abroad could land in jail, bureau warns

SINGAPORE has joined South Korea and Japan in warning its citizens against smoking marijuana in countries where it is legal, amid reports that its Southeast Asian neighbours were considering the drug for medical use. The city-state’s Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) on Friday reiterated its tough stance on the matter, saying any citizen or permanent resident found to have used the drugs overseas would be treated as though he or she abused drugs in Singapore, according to Today Online. The bureau said it conducts enforcement checks at the Singapore’s checkpoints and will take action on those who tested positive for marijuana use. Without referring to any country, the bureau said it was aware of “ongoing discussions” over the safety and legality of medical marijuana, or products containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the ingredient vital for its recreational and medical use. SEE ALSO: The 3 Asian countries in the race to legalise medical marijuana In September, neighbouring Malaysia’s government said it was looking into amending its laws to allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Malaysia’s announcement came after similar ones by Thailand and the Philippines in recent years. Thailand’s researchers are persuading the military government to allow studies to be conducted on the drug for medical use by May next year. The medical marijuana sector is thriving as a multibillion-dollar industry in Canada, which has recently legalised the drug for recreational purposes. Canada legalisation of marijuana, also commonly known as cannabis or weed, prompted South Korean and Japanese authorities to warn its citizens living or visiting in Canada against smoking marijuana or risk criminal charges when they return to their home country. ... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Singaporeans who smoke weed abroad could land in jail, bureau warns, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Singaporeans who smoke weed abroad could land in jail, bureau warns





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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Monday, 29 October, 2018



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