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Penalty for smoking a joint

Postby Shin! » Tue, 07 Jun 2011 8:15 am

What happens in Singapore if you smoke a joint or e.g. possess less than 5g of marihuana and get caught? What exactly would the penalty be?

The only information I found was about people who got killed because of possessing >500g. I'm not interested in that.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Tue, 07 Jun 2011 8:42 am

A pretty long rent free stay in Changi Prison or a rather stiff fine. OR BOTH!

http://www.cnb.gov.sg/drugs/bannedsubst ... nabis.aspx

Drugs and Inhalants


Cannabis


Cannabis
Also known as Marijuana, Pot, Grass, Joints, Ganja, Hashish

Description

Cannabis comes from the hemp plant. The plant is dried and compressed into blocks resembling dried herbs or tea.
Cannabis causes a person’s mind to become addicted.
It contains THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) which affect one’s mood, cause euphoria, anxiety, paranoia, increased heart rate and hunger. Cannabis can affect concentration and memory which weakens the abuser’s ability to learn. Cannabis abusers are likely to move on to stronger and deadlier drugs.

Effects and Dangers

Inability to concentrate
Slow reaction
Distorted thinking and perception
Poor balance and co-ordination
Extreme anxiety, depression, confusion and paranoia (irrational fear or suspicion)
Decline in motivation and drive in long-term users

Withdrawal Symptoms

Moodiness, irritability, anxiety and tension

Penalties

Possession or consumption of Cannabis:

Up to 10 years of imprisonment or S$20,000 fine or BOTH

Illegal traffic, import or export of:

Cannabis of more than 500 grams > DEATH
Cannabis resin of more than 200 grams > DEATH
Cannabis mixture of more than 1,000 grams > DEATH

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 07 Jun 2011 8:53 am


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Postby Shin! » Tue, 07 Jun 2011 9:04 am

Thanks for the answers.
Strange that these websites in many cases only tell the maximum penalty and not minimum or standard. Seems like they want to create fear.
However, 10 years for a joint would be absolutely ridiculous... but obviously ridiculous penalties are possible in Singapore.

Does anyone know about the situation nowadays in Indonesia? I read they think about complete legalization of marihuana.

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 07 Jun 2011 9:21 am

Minimum in this case is no punishment but I would not count on this.

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Postby dazzlebabe » Tue, 07 Jun 2011 9:25 am

This poster is trying to find a dealer the stupid way and telling the CNB who to nail during the next raid.


On a side note, (sorry to hijack your post) how come no one knows where to get ginger beer in Singapore??
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Postby BillyB » Tue, 07 Jun 2011 9:58 am

dazzlebabe wrote:This poster is trying to find a dealer the stupid way and telling the CNB who to nail during the next raid.


On a side note, (sorry to hijack your post) how come no one knows where to get ginger beer in Singapore??


You can get both ginger beer and ginger ale in cold storage....schweppes!

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Postby dazzlebabe » Tue, 07 Jun 2011 10:51 am

Thanks BillyB... wanted the alcoholic beer version. Like Crabbie's!
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Postby aster » Tue, 07 Jun 2011 11:53 am

Shin! wrote:However, 10 years for a joint would be absolutely ridiculous...


Yes, which would make someone a complete dumbass for having anything to do with such stuff in Singapore. Stay away and have a beer instead. :)

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 07 Jun 2011 12:27 pm

Be also aware that if you are SC but also PR you'd better stay away of it outside Singapore as well as they can request from you a urine test and if the drugs are found the penalty is the same as above. You have also an option to refuse such test and the penalty is again as above.

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Postby blogtowkay » Tue, 07 Jun 2011 1:11 pm

hey dude, drugs r not cool. :mad:

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Postby ecureilx » Tue, 07 Jun 2011 1:23 pm

When it comes to Criminal case, and re: minimum vs maximum my 2 cents ??

The last few times somebody challenged the punishment, say, minimum is 2 months and max 12 months and the judge awards 3 months, and the lawyer says "bring it down" the judge hears it as "Bring it on .. "

And enough cases, upon appeal, the punishment has been maximised ..

Not sure if anybody can remember the case of a petty thief who was giving caning and when he appealed, it was doubled and then more on his subsequent appeal

Moral of the story: don't dispute the Criminal law, when you have no moral fiber .... to have not committed the crime in the first place

PS: there have been cases of overseas consumption of drugs, detected in Singapore when the culprit was here, and the punishment was meted out as if the culprit had consumed here ..

As for the 500 gm limit that guarantees you death sentance, there was atleast one case, where the drug in purified form was below the 500 gm .. or some number from HSA analysis .. the defendant still got the best treatment .. 'hanging' .. despite the lawyers fighting tooth and nail ..

The judges remark was something like 'our immigration warns death for drugs, doesn't say death only for so much drugs .. so if you can't figure out that drugs in any quantity can guarantee the death penalty .. '' :D :D

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Postby ukdesigner » Tue, 07 Jun 2011 8:02 pm

just out of sheer curiosity, what would happen if they wanted to test you (and you're positive for weed) but you'd just got off a plane from Amsterdam? It's not like you did the smoking in Singapore but did them where they're legally and freely available.

I understand their penalties are serious here but surely they can't do you for smoking it abroad where it's legalised. Here yes. There no!

Just wondering that's all...
Don't p*ss me off! I am running out of places to hide the bodies.

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Postby x9200 » Tue, 07 Jun 2011 8:24 pm

Just read my message above - you will be convicted if you are a SC or PR. If on any other visa/permit, you'll be fine.

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Postby JR8 » Tue, 07 Jun 2011 8:40 pm

Interesting question. So the SG gubment claim jurisdiction over their citizen's behaviour abroad?


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