How to keep your teenager safe from marijuana when traveling

Since cannabis has been legalized in several countries for both medical and recreational purposes, some young people may believe that marijuana is a harmless, non-addictive “soft” substance. The harsh reality is that there isn’t a substance classified as “soft.” or a safe one. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is a molecule found in cannabis that can influence mood by making you feel disoriented or paranoid. Short-term memory loss and motor impairment are possible side effects, while long-term brain development changes and chronic bronchitis results from it.


Cannabis, sometimes referred to as joints, marijuana, pot, grass, ganja, weed, and hashish, is the illicit drug that new drug users in this area misuse the second most. The number of cannabis abusers hit a 10-year high in 2023, according to the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). Most of the abusers were new, with 64% of the 182 new cannabis abusers that were detained being under 30 years old. Although the vast majority of young people in Singapore support the country’s zero-tolerance policy toward drugs, new research indicates that an increasing percentage of our youth may have more lenient views about drugs, particularly cannabis. The reported rise in new cannabis abusers under 30 years of age supports this.


Furthermore, results from the 2022 Health and Lifestyle study conducted by the Institute of Mental Health revealed that the average age at which people started using illegal drugs was 15.9 years old, and nearly 50% of participants stated that they started using cannabis as their first illicit drug. Any Singaporean citizen or Permanent Resident who consumes drugs both domestically and abroad is breaking the Misuse of Drugs Act of Singapore. If a Singaporean national or Permanent Resident is discovered to have consumed narcotics outside of Singapore, they will be handled the same as if they had done so domestically. It is illegal to consume restricted substances, and offenders risk a minimum of one year in prison and a maximum of ten years in prison, as well as a fine of no more than $20,000, or both.



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