Category Archives: Asia

Singapore Hangs Second Man in Three Weeks on Cannabis-Related Charges

For the second time in three weeks, Singapore officials executed a man by hanging for a nonviolent cannabis-related charge in what critics are calling a “killing spree.” A Malay man in Singapore, 37, whose family asked for him not to be named, was executed at Changi Prison Complex in the eastern part of the city […]

Singapore Hangs Man Over One Kilo of Weed

Singapore officials executed a man today—by hanging—who was found guilty of drug trafficking a kilogram of cannabis into the country. NDTV in India reports that Tangaraju Suppiah, 46, was executed at dawn on Wednesday, rejecting a growing chorus of anti-death penalty campaigners to end the country’s cruel use of capital punishment. British billionaire Sir Richard […]

The Gang Goes to Thailand: High Thaimes (Part 4)

After wrapping up at Tropicanna we headed back to the hotel to shower and change before the biggest night of our trip, the culmination party at Phandee. Now I’ll be honest, I didn’t really know what we were in for with this one. I had no idea what any of our reach was in this […]

Malaysian Politicians Say Weed-Infused Product Addressed to Them Isn’t Theirs

Two Malaysian politicians—Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Minister of Economy Rafizi Ramli—laughed off the discovery of a parcel addressed to them that was found to contain a THC-infused toothpaste product, saying they have no idea where the package came from. On March 10, Sepang District police confiscated a parcel believed to contain a […]

The Gang Goes to Thailand: Learning the Thai Way (Part 3)

Alright, now that the lovey holiday’s over & I’m not ruining anyone’s relationship, let’s get into the weird. I’m treading lightly here, but this is the best shot I can take at explaining the vibrant subcultures of a foreign world while still respecting our domestic political-correctness. Please don’t cancel me. Nana Plaza I’ll admit up […]

Chinese Police Enlist Drug-Sniffing Squirrels

Forget the hounds. Police in China are releasing the squirrels.  Law enforcement in the city of Chongqing reportedly announced that it is training a team of drug-sniffing squirrels to help locate illicit substances and contraband.  Insider reports that the police dog brigade in the city, located in southwestern China, “now has a team of six […]

The Gang Goes to Thailand: Not THOSE Americans (Part 2)

Welcome back, friends.  It’s been a few weeks since I’ve returned to the states now, and while the details are blurring, they were never all that clear in the first place. In that spirit I’m going to run the rest of this chronologically, utilizing the handwritten notes I scribed along the way. The last part […]

Hong Kong’s ‘Dangerous Drug’ CBD Ban to Begin

In a starkly different approach from the U.S. and many other places around the world, Hong Kong moved to ban CBD and categorize it as a dangerous drug last October, and the ban begins on Wednesday. Time reports that beginning on Wednesday, harsh penalties and huge fines—typically associated with hard narcotics—will be applied to people […]

Buddhist Temple Left Empty After Monks Fail Drug Tests

A Buddhist temple in Thailand is even quieter than usual these days after several monks there failed a drug test.  Agence France-Presse reports that a total of four monks “including an abbot at a temple in Phetchabun province’s Bung Sam Phan district tested positive for methamphetamine on Monday.”  Boonlert Thintapthai, an official in the central […]

Japanese Health Officials Propose Revision of Law To Allow Import, Medical Cannabis

The Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour, and Welfare stated on Sept. 29 that it recommends an amendment to the country’s drug law, known as the Cannabis Control Act. According to Reuters, the agency expressed the need to allow cannabis to be imported and permitted for medical use, which would align it with other countries that […]