From medical to recreational cannabis, the U.S. is going full speed ahead with going green. Half the country now has medical marijuana and I can only imagine that recreational isn’t far behind. However this only speaks for the states. What about other places in the world? What about cannabis in Southeast Asia? Here are 3 of the most lenient countries in Southeast Asia when it comes to Cannabis:
Cambodia is the most lenient. Their marijuana laws hover in a fairly grey area making cannabis violations a non-priority. The quality really isn’t that great and your best bet is to sample it before buying (may not even be marijuana that they’re trying to sell you), but chances are if you get caught it’ll only cost you a small bribe.
Technically Myanmar isn’t marijuana friendly; their law states that you can get 5-10 years for possession. However rarely are arrests even made for those offending the marijuana law; Myanmar has a large market for opiates making that a much bigger focus. You’re more likely to pay a bribe then get in trouble here.
Oddly, the law for the Philippines is quite lax; the law states that possession could get you 6 or more months in rehab for your first offense. Don’t let this be a seller though. The new president of the Philippines has ordered that all drug dealers and drug users be killed resulting in more than 2,400 deaths since July of this year when he declared a war on drugs.
Southeast Asia obviously has some work to do (especially the Philippines, yikes!). Every other country I researched in Southeast Asia had ridiculous punishments and corruption riddled throughout their laws and law enforcement. The Philippines are definitely not going to be on my travel list for the near future (I want to live), but you can bet I’ll be getting myself a ticket to Cambodia as soon as I can.
The Death Toll From Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s War on Drugs Has Exceeded 2,400