The freer availability of cannabis in Thailand, a place where lots of Singaporeans go to and from and where lots of tourists come from, will present more challenges, Law Minister K Shanmugam said to Malaysian broadcaster Astro Awani.
The UN World Drug Report 2021 says that cannibis products have almost quadrupled in potency. Yet, the percentage of young people who perceive cannibis as harmful has dropped by 40%. There is therefore a substantial disconnect between the real risk of cannibis and public perception of its harm.
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“But once it’s in cookies, and once it’s in soft drinks, and once it’s in toothpaste, how do you protect breastfeeding mothers? How do you protect pregnant women? How do you protect young children? How do you police this? So, there are difficulties in controlling once you do this,” said Mr Shanmugam.
What will be the impact if Malaysia legalises cannibis?
Given the greater flow of people betweeen Malaysia and Singapore compared to Thailand and Singapore, it will be even more challenging for law enforcement, and keeping Singapore drug free, said Mr Shanmugam.
Mr Shanmugam said the task of any government is to persuade people that they are doing the right thing and it is his duty to persuade Singaporeans that the death penalty has a serious deterrent effect.