Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Can one get arrested for consuming cannabis in Thailand upon returning to Malaysia?

NewsCan one get arrested for consuming cannabis in Thailand upon returning to...

In June this year, the Thai government announced that it has partially legalised cannabis laws to allow Thais to grow marijuana and consume marijuana-infused food and drinks.

While marijuana remained a banned substance in Malaysia, the police conducted a random test at the border entry points Wang Kelian and Padang Besar in Perlis on 23 July and the results found that 12 out of the 71 Malaysians who went to Thailand were tested positive for Cannabis.

Thus, if you are wondering if one can be arrested if tested positive for cannabis, the short answer is yes.

According to Perlis police chief Datuk Surina Saad, anyone who intentionally tries to take drugs or any cannabis-related substance that induces hallucinations will be prosecuted under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.

“Individuals who bring in cannabis-based items in big amounts will also be charged under the same act for drug possession or drug trafficking,” Surina said.

The law does not only apply to Malaysians but also to anyone who enters Malaysia. Hence, if traces of cannabis are found, you can be punished under the law.

Unfortunately, there is no way for you to avoid these drug tests as the immigration officers do not adhere to a schedule and drug tests can be done to you as and when you enter the country.

Meanwhile, the most common drug test conducted by the authorities is the urine test. To be tested positive, your urine must contain at least 50 nanograms of THC per milliliter. However, this method sometimes could give out false positives and they would usually have to run a different test to confirm the initial results.

If the urine tests are confirmed inaccurate, the authorities could use the most accurate method, which is a blood test. It is understood that THC can be detected in your body 2 months after your last consumption, and it can be detected easily through a blood test.

How long does Marijuana stay in our body?

According to Healthline, cannabis is usually detectable in bodily fluids for 1 to 30 days after the last use. As with other drugs, it may be detectable in hair for several months, particularly in people who use cannabis on a daily or near-daily basis.

Urine testing is the most common drug testing method. While detection windows may vary, a 2017 review suggests that weed may be detectable in urine for the following amounts of time after last use:

  • single use: 3 days
  • moderate use (four times per week): 5 to 7 days
  • chronic use (daily): 10 to 15 days
  • chronic heavy use (multiple times per day): more than 30 days

Hence, if you are travelling to Thailand, make sure that you avoid consuming cannabis as the authorities may come for you.

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