Warning to Thai travellers: Don’t take cannabis to other countries

PHOTO: Thais warned not to travel with cannabis (via UCLA/PNGEgg)

With the decriminalisation of cannabis on June 9, many in Thailand have gone buckwild with the newfound freedom to grow, sell, and partake of the popular plant. The government is taking steps to rein in the free-for-all and bring some regulations and restrictions to its usage, and now they’re warning people to keep in mind that legalisation in Thailand does not equal global legalisation, and bringing cannabis to other countries could send your holidays up in smoke.

Authorities are reminding people that cannabis, hemp, or marijuana is still considered a narcotic and illegal in many countries, including almost all SE Asian countries, and they’re urging Thai nationals not to travel with anything cannabis-related. They warned that, in other countries, possession could carry harsh punishments. In some countries, the penalties can be severe up to and including capital punishment.

Other countries nearby are already beginning to issue warnings after facing issues with people travelling from Thailand with the newly legalised herb. The Royal Thai Embassy in South Korea has cautioned anyone travelling from Thailand not to bring any extract, products, or plant parts into the country. Indonesia, Japan, and Vietnam have issued similar warnings.

In other countries where cannabis has not yet been decriminalised, travellers can be deported or even receive a lifetime ban from entering the country. Worse, those entering in possession of the plant or its products could face criminal penalties that include fines, prison sentences, or even death.

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It is recommended that anyone who is currently using cannabis for medicinal treatment should review all the regulations and laws of the country they’re going to before travelling with anything cannabis-related in their possession.

SOURCE: National News Bureau of Thailand

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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