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Man gets jail after being caught with 2.4kg of cannabis in Jurong West flat

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SINGAPORE: A commercial diver who habitually smoked cannabis or "marijuana", purportedly to relieve the back pain he experienced due to his job, was sentenced to nine years' jail on Monday (Oct 25) for drug offences including possessing about 2.4kg of the drug.

Muhammad Haikal Mohamadan, 31, pleaded guilty to three charges including drug consumption, possession of a Class A controlled drug and possession of drug utensils. A fourth charge was considered in sentencing.

The court heard that Haikal was acquainted with co-accused Muhammad Shahrukh Khan Mohamed Rosli, who helped a man known only as "Ah Bang" to deliver drugs. Shahrukh also sold cannabis on the side to his own clients, at a rate of S$200 for about 50g.


Ziggy Marley Blasts Singapore Gov’t Over Marijuana-Related Death Penalty

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Grammy-winning Reggae superstar Ziggy Marley took to Instagram to blast the Singapore Government over plans to execute a man for marijuana possession.

The Singaporean man, Omar Yacob Bamadhaj, 41, was sentenced to death by hanging in February after authorities found him with 2 pounds of cannabis, which is considered a Grade A drug in the Southeast Asian country.  Singapore’s apex court dismissed Bamadhaj’s appeal on Tuesday, Channel News Asia reported.


Reacting to the reports on Instagram today, Ziggy wrote, “So the government of #singapore is going to kill a human being for two pounds of cannabis. Is that just or moral?”


Man to be Hanged in Singapore for Importing About Two Pounds of Pot

A man who imported one kilogram of cannabis (about 2.2 pounds) from Malaysia into Singapore in 2018 is set to hang after his appeal against the conviction and sentence was dismissed by the Apex Court on Tuesday, October 12.

Channel News Asia reports that Singaporean Omar Yacob Bamadhaj, 41, was sentenced to death in February after being convicted of one count of importing cannabis into Singapore. Bamadhaj was caught smuggling three bundles containing at least one kilogram of cannabis.

The country’s zero-tolerance policy for drugs has led to the hangings of hundreds of people, including dozens of foreigners. 


Death Penalty for Cannabis: Which Countries Will Kill You

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It’s almost hard to believe that as the UN voted on recommendations to globally open the legality of cannabis, that some countries are still so against it that they’ll kill you for crimes related to it. Yup, it might be 2020, but you can still receive the death penalty for cannabis crimes in many different places.


Singapore allows first use of medical marijuana to treat girl with epilepsy

Singapore has opened the door, in the tiniest possible way, to medical marijuana.

In the first known case of its kind, the notoriously anti-drug country has granted a young girl access to a CBD-based drug to treat her epilepsy. The decision required the approval of four separate government organizations, according to Mothership.

Singapore has some of the strictest cannabis laws in the world. Possession or consumption of the drug can result in up to 10 years in prison, a hefty fine and a caning. Attempts to smuggle the drug into or out of the country can be met with the death penalty.


Asia emerging as new frontier for Canadian cannabis players

As cannabis companies eye expansion in European and South American markets, Asia is poised to be a new frontier for some major Canadian pot players.

Despite being the world’s most populous continent, it is estimated that Asia’s cannabis usage is about two per cent, or 85.5 million people, according to London-based cannabis data provider Prohibition Partners. However, several Asian countries are on the cusp of embracing medical cannabis and the continent could see its marijuana market grow to as much as US$5.8 billion by 2024, Prohibition Partners said in a recent report.


These guys deal with cannabis in Singapore – and don't feel paranoid

Cannabis is a deadly serious business in Singapore, where trafficking carries a death sentence and even possession is punishable by up to 10 years in prison. But as the market for legal cannabis grows increasingly lucrative worldwide, even entrepreneurs in the famously drug-averse city state are finding ways to cash in on the trade.


Singapore government may test for cannabis use upon entry into country

Canadians travelling to Singapore are being warned that they may be subject to a drug test before entering the country.

Travel Canada announced Wednesday that custom officers can request a drug test when you arrive in Singapore, which could result in arrest even if the drug was consumed before travelling to the country. 

“Custom officers can request a drug test at the point of entry to #Singapore,” Travel Canada tweeted. “If you test positive for drugs, you can be arrested and prosecuted, even if the drugs were consumed prior to your arrival in the country.”


Singapore starts medical marijuana research

Singapore will embark on developing synthetic medicinal cannabinoids as part of its new Synthetic Cannabinoid Biology Programme.

The programme is part of a S$25 million (RM74 million) research initiative called the Synthetic Biology Research and Development Programme, which will be conducted over a period of five years.


Hi-tech agriculture has to match specific needs

Hi-tech agriculture has been riding a new wave of investment in recent years, with the Government viewing technology as key to restructuring the sector, achieving food security and improving produce quality. Nguyen Anh Phong of the Institute of Policy and Strategy for Agriculture and Rural Development speaks to Viet Nam News reporter Nguyen Linh Anh about the new spirit of innovation.

Viet Nam has identified the development of hi-tech agriculture as the sector’s development orientation in the coming years. However, it is said that farmers have not grasped this concept fully and correctly. Can you comment?


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