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Travellers warned against carrying cannabis to Singapore


Thai travellers have been warned against carrying products with cannabis content to Singapore, where smugglers could face capital punishment.

Deputy government spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek on Thursday posted a warning on her Facebook page, citing information from the Thai embassy in the island state.

She said that cannabis and hemp are considered illicit drugs in Singapore, although Thailand has legalised the plant since June 9.

According to the embassy in Singapore, the use or possession of marijuana carries an imprisonment of up to 10 years or a maximum fine of 20,000 Singapore dollars (about 508,000 baht). Those who trade in marijuana or smuggle into or out of Singapore risk capital punishment.

The embassy urged Thai travellers to refrain from carrying cannabis, hemp or products containing the plant into Singapore, as they could risk the severe punishments.

Earlier this month, the Thai embassy in Indonesia posted a similar warning on its official Facebook page.

“The Royal Thai Embassy in Jakarta would like to warn Thai people not to carry cannabis, hemp, or products with cannabis or hemp ingredients into Indonesia,” it read.

Violators of the law could face at least five years in jail to life imprisonment and capital punishment, or a hefty fine of 2.4 million baht.

A similar warning was also posted earlier this week by the Thai embassy in Seoul about carrying cannabis or hemp to South Korea.

Meanwhile, Vietnam also has capital punishment against marijuana smugglers.

Published : June 30, 2022