Does anybody know much about the laws in Thailand for drug use? And what would be the punishment if you were to get caught just smokin a bit weed?
#1 CaptainPlatypus has been a member since 24/1/2011. Posts: 10
If you get caught, you'll wish you hadn't.
The rule of law in Thailand is largely influenced by corruption and graft. Drug laws are no exception.
The penalties if ever applied could be draconian.....
However I think the biggest mistake by most westerners is that they totally underestimate the extent to which corruption pervades all aspects of the law.
So you could start at the bottom and hope you get let off, or the process will work its way up the hierarchical ladder and the money demanded will rise exponentially.
Or you could give up at just spend a few years in a Thai jail.....but remember how you are treated there will depend on you ability to engage in the all-pervading system of graft....
once you've got a good handle on all that then you can perhaps decidde how much having a "little weed" is worth to you.
#2 khunwilko has been a member since 27/1/2007. Posts: 560
Thanks for the insight!
Thats the thing, I just won't bother if I'm going to have to empty my bank account to pay some corrupt policeman or spend time in a Thai jail. I was hoping it would be the case that everyones doing it on the sly so they sort of turn a blind eye to a bit of weed if your doing it discretely. Anyone heard any stories or anything? It cant be as bad as Banged Up Abroad makes out!
#3 CaptainPlatypus has been a member since 24/1/2011. Posts: 10
Wilko is quite right here - just don't do it.
#4 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
Its really not worth the risk, everyone i've known whos bought some while out there has 'coincidentally' found the police appearing within 5 minutes and a choice of a hefty fine to be let off or find yourself in jail and on an episode of 'Banged up abroad'.
You'd probably struggle to buy it there without getting stung and the penalty for bringing the stuff into the country or carrying it is way worse as you'd be treated as a smuggler or dealer rather than a user
Alot of guesthouses i've stayed in i've been able to smell it so its clear people are smoking the stuff, so maybe some guesthouses turn a blind eye or more likely they have some deal with the local police to let it happen. Corruption as people have said is the key.
I personally know of one person who's been in Thailand for 5 years now after being found with weed and Valium while trying to cross into laos, he took on the justice system with no money, last i was told hes still waiting for his case to be heard.
"I personally know of one person who's been in Thailand for 5 years now after being found with weed and Valium while trying to cross into laos, he took on the justice system with no money, last i was told hes still waiting for his case to be heard."
What was hew thinking about?
#6 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
Dope makes people dopey so he wasn't thinking. If you can't have fun in Thailand without dope you must be a complete bore. The country is full of attractions.
#7 Krabiman has been a member since 2/1/2011. Posts: 223
Now here Krabiman you and I are in violent agreement. The risk just isn't worth the reward.
#8 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
The fact that you have even posted thequestion means that you know it's a bad idea. If you come from somewhere where "they sort of turn a blind eye to a bit of weed" then carry on enjoying it at home and try to have some experiences you couldn't have at home in Thailand.
Surely even a 1% chance of having a Banged up Abroad experience would scare the hell out of you and not to mention Westerners who just think they can flout developing countries laws just because...
"not to mention Westerners who just think they can flout developing countries laws just because..."
I wouldn't call Thailand "developing" anymore, but rather a recently developed country. Also, Thais flout their own laws. This isn't a society that revolves around rule of law. So I wouldn't be too hard on people not strictly following law while here. Now, not following culural norms and being disrespectful of people here - that's a whole other ballgame. I certainly respect the guy who smokes a little weed but is polite in his interactions with the people here more than I do the guy who obeys the law but is rude to people here and grousing all the time.
#10 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
was in thai. and found it vastly overrated, although i scored weed on all the islands and thier harsh laws against it goes along with the business sense (talkin only weed here). how much money they make off a guy in jail for weed against what he spends while travlin about (shootin themselves in the foot)
#11 jmax has been a member since 10/8/2010. Posts: 5
Again, I would avoid drug use here. I am sure you could buy your way out of trouble, but in my view, the juice just isn't worth the squeeze. Risk / benefit analysis says stick with booze.
#12 MADMAC has been a member since 6/6/2009. Posts: 6,957
#13 jmax has been a member since 10/8/2010. Posts: 5