SINGAPORE: The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) on Friday warned that any Singaporean citizen or Singaporean permanent resident found to have consumed drugs overseas will be treated as if he or she had abused drugs in homeland Singapore.
The CNB conducts enforcement checks at Singapore’s checkpoints and will take action against those found to have consumed drugs overseas, it added, according to the Star Online.
CNB will maintain its tough stance on drugs as some neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Thailand are deciding to legalise marijuana for medical use as early as next year.
Thai media reported last month that Thailand’s Governmental Pharmaceutical Organisation has started researching the development of medicines from marijuana drug.
Malaysia Minister of Water, Land and Natural Resources Xavier Jayakumar also told the media last month that the Malaysian Cabinet has begun talks on legalising cannabis for medical use.
Canada, NST said, this month became the second country in the world to legalise recreational marijuana, after Uruguay in 2013.
The CNB said it was “aware of ongoing discussions in some countries” on the safety and legality of products containing tetrahydrocannabinol – the active ingredient in cannabis – for recreational and medical use.
According to the news channel, possession or consumption of cannabis in Singapore can lead to jail terms of up to 10 years and a fine of up to S$20,000.
And those found trafficking, importing or exporting cannabis may face the death sentence.
Tough stance and approach on drugs has helped Singapore to remain relatively drug-free and clean country, research reveals.
Last year, the number of drug abusers arrested comprised less than 0.1 per cent of the total population, according to reports.-Malaysia World News