“And if you want to bring certain products back to Singapore, again, make sure they don’t contain controlled drugs. If you are not sure, upon arrival in Singapore, you can always declare to the authorities – I think that’s a safer way to go about it.”
Offenders could face up to 10 years in prison, a S$20,000 fine, or both, for possessing or consuming cannabis. Depending on the amount, traffickers could face the death penalty.
DRUG ABUSE AMONG YOUTHS A CONCERN
Last year, a total of 2,724 drug abusers were arrested, including those who consumed cannabis, according to figures released by the CNB.
Of concern is the number of youth offenders – about 60 per cent of these new abusers were aged below 30.
Authorities said that with social media and misinformation, there are worries that attitudes and mindsets are becoming more liberal towards cannabis use.
“Definitely, we are concerned about the youth situation and them turning to drugs … and we are also concerned that they are getting more liberal towards cannabis,” said Mr Sng, adding that CNB is prioritising education to deter drug use.
“(This is why) a lot of effort has been put into preventive drug education – it’s our first line of defence,” he said.
EDUCATION IS KEY, SAYS CNB
Singapore adopts an evidence-based approach and maintains a tough stance on cannabis, said Mr Sng.
“The harms of cannabis are very real, well documented and widely researched. The WHO (World Health Organization) and the International Narcotics Control Board have the research and statements,” said Mr Sng.