Government AffairsCitizens from certain countries may face legal repercussions if they consume marijuana abroad.

Tourists be warned: Things you shouldn't do in Thailand

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Singaporeans found guilty of consuming cannabis overseas can be jailed up to 10 years.
Singaporeans found guilty of consuming cannabis overseas can be jailed up to 10 years. Photo Credit: GettyImages/Tatiana rico

Tourists are enamoured with the idea of Thailand being a cannabis haven since the country decriminalised marijuana consumption on 9 June, but government officials worldwide are quick to nip that in the bud.

Not only is the use of marijuana illegal in many countries around the world, but some of these countries also forbid their citizens from consuming marijuana overseas.

In light of Thailand being the first country in Asia to legalise marijuana, authorities from Singapore and China are reminding citizens that even if they do consume cannabis abroad in any form, they will still face criminal charges upon returning back to their home countries.

The Straits Times reported Singapore's Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) as saying that 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.”

CNB added that random checks will be conducted regularly at various immigration checkpoints. If a hair follicle drug test is carried out, the marijuana component can be detected in a user’s single strand of hair from 90 days since they last consumed cannabis.

Singapore’s strict anti-drug laws state that those convicted for the possession or consumption of cannabis may receive up to 10 years of imprisonment or a S$20,000 (US$14,300) fine, or both.

Thai embassies stationed in Indonesia, South Korea and Japan have also warned Thais from bringing cannabis or related products into those countries as they can face jail time, heavy fines or even the death penalty if they’re caught.

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