Thai Embassy in South Korea warns Thai travelers not to carry cannabis and hemp to the country

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The Royal Thai Embassy in Seoul of South Korea yesterday, June 28th, has warned Thai travelers not to carry any parts of cannabis and hemp to the country.

Violators could be prosecuted according to the South Korean regulations and could face imprisonment, deportation, and hefty punishment as a travel ban, according to the Embassy.

Smuggling such plants could face imprisonment for a minimum of 5 years or a maximum of life imprisonment. Planting or selling in the territory could face at least 1-year imprisonment. Possessing or consuming cannabis or hemp could face imprisonment for up to 5 years, deportation, and prohibition from entering South Korea.

Previously, five other Thai embassies in Asian countries, including Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, and Malaysia, had released a similar warning prohibiting carrying or importing recently-legalized cannabis and hemp into their countries as using such plants outside of Thailand is still very limited.

People who are using cannabis/hemp for medical purposes should always study and consult the authorities regarding the regulations of the destination country before leaving.


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National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.