Studies needed on dangers of ganja in e-liquid

PETALING JAYA, Dec 11 — The National Anti-Drugs Agency is not prepared to handle the possible trend of ganja abuse through vape. 

Its director, Datuk Suhaimi Abdullah, admitted yesterday more research had to be done to determine if consuming ganja through e-liquid posed a bigger health threat compared to conventional means.

To do this, he said, it must first be able to detect the target group through urine tests. 

“Currently, we are unaware if ganja consumed through vapes will cause someone to fail a urine drug test, hence the need for more research and information,” he said.

Suhaimi said the agency was not able to clamp down on errant vape users as vaping was beyond its jurisdiction. 


Ganja vapes cost RM80 a pop

KUALA LUMPUR: A syndicate selling vape liquid laced with ganja juice for RM80 per 15ml bottle has been smashed by police.

Seven people, including two couples and an engineering student, were nabbed after police raided the gang’s lairs in Banting, Ampang and Kelana Jaya.

Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department director Comm Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the syndicate sold the vape liquids after mixing them with ganja from their mini drug laboratory in Bandar Mahkota, Banting.

“This syndicate liquefies the ganja and adds a few drops of the drugs into the vape juice.

“They take orders online and deliver to customers by courier,” he told a press conference in Bukit Aman yesterday.


Police chief confirms cannabis found in vape oils

Cannabis is being liquefied and mixed with vape liquids to be sold through cash-on-delivery terms and through postage, police said today.

Cannabis was being liquefied by chemists to be sold as vape liquids, said Datuk Seri Mohd Mokthar Mohd Sharrif, director of the Bukit Aman Narcotics Criminal Investigation Department.

“They only need two to three drops of liquefied cannabis added to the vape liquid to be sold in 15ml bottles at RM80 each,” he told a press conference at the federal police headquarters.

He said police recently busted a syndicate in Banting, Ampang and Kelana Jaya under the Section 39 (b) Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.


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No complaints of drugs in vapes

Police have yet to receive complaints of cannabis being used in vape liquids, reported Sinar Harian.

However, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said those found doing so would be charged under the Dangerous Drugs Act.

"If they (vapers) are found to be taking or ingesting drugs, appropriate legal action will be taken against them," he told reporters.

On Tuesday, the daily reported that some popular vape liquids were found to contain two types of cannabidiol, which are natural molecules found in cannabis.

The test by Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin's East Coast Environment Research Institute also found traces of dronabinol, a synthetic substance found in marijuana.



Cannabis Worth $7m Found Inside Cambodian Coffee

The Cambodian police showed off their latest haul earlier this week as they paraded around 1.5 tonnes of marijuana that had an estimated street value of nearly $7m.

Rightly pleased with themselves, this was another victory for the police force who are currently ploughing resources into an ongoing operation to crackdown and eradicate the drugs trade in the country.

General Khieu Samon, the head of the interior ministry’s anti-drug office, said that the haul had been seized in Cambodia’s capital city Phnom Penh and that a number of Cambodian nations had been arrested.


Malaysia: Eight suspects arrested, 172kg ganja seized in Bukit Aman’s biggest drug bust of the year

ALOR STAR, Aug 11 — The Bukit Aman Narcotics Department busted a major drug trafficking syndicate and seized 172kg of ganja after raiding three separate locations in Kedah and Penang over the past two days.

The department’s deputy director DCP Datuk Pahlawan Mohd Dzuraidi Ibrahim said during the raids carried out on Sunday and Monday, eight suspects, including a foreign woman, were detained.

Mohd Dzuraidi said apart from the 172kg ganja which was the biggest drug bust in the country this year (for ganja), 159 Ecstasy pills were also seized.

“The drugs seized are worth RM522,000 thousand,” he told reporters at the Kedah police headquarters, here today.


Malaysia: MCMC asked to block marijuana-promoting FB account

NUSAJAYA: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has been urged to block a Facebook page which is actively promoting marijuana or cannabis as a medicinal herb.

Datuk Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Tengku Hamid Jumat (BN-Kempas) said the Facebook administrator used the name MalaysianMedicalMarijuana to inform the public that marijuana was not a dangerous drug but that it possessed high medicinal properties.

"This contradicts the national drug policy where marijuana is cited under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.


Malaysia: Cops concerned over ganja’s rising popularity

KUALA LUMPUR: Police said there was a growing concern that more and more drug users were getting hooked on ganja, which is gaining popularity in the city.

This came after Wangsa Maju police made Kuala Lumpur’s biggest drug bust this year, seizing 37kg of the drug, which is believed to cater to at least 19,000 addicts in the city.

City deputy police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Law Hong Soon said although the drug was viewed as less potent than the more popular syabu, it could lead users to more deadly narcotics later on.

“Its a gateway drug and if there are more addicts hooked on it, that could mean more people would explore dangerous drugs in the future,” he said at the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters.



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