Thailand’s drug laws are very strict. Abuse them and you will quickly learn your huge mistake.
There’s no slap on the wrist for getting caught with a small amount of marijuana – even the prescription kind, which may be legal in your country.
And unlike some European countries, the police do not exercise discretion on small amounts of class B drugs either.
But still, year in year out, embassy representatives are called out to Thailand’s notoriously hard prisons to talk with foreigners who’ve been locked up for using drugs in the Thai Kingdom, not to mention the amount of smugglers caught each year coming through the country’s airports.
The conversation always ends the same way: “You’re in big trouble”.
Get caught with a substantial amount and your only hope is a pardon from the King, sometime in the next 60 years.
Prescription drugs are heavily regulated too. Some even require a permit, and the majority you can only bring 30-days worth with you in the original packaging and accompanied by the prescription.
Keep Your Distance from Drugs
It’s easy to get carried away at a Full Moon Party or club when a joint gets passed round, but get caught with that one joint and you could find yourself banged up with hardened murderers and rapists.
It seems like nothing back home, but no matter how relaxed Thai people are on the surface, the authorities take a very hard line when it comes to drugs and I reiterate hard line.
Drugs have ravaged working class communities in Thailand and destroyed lives. Therefore, anyone doing drugs inside Thailand is perceived as a threat to the stability of society.
If people are smoking weed and invite you to sit with them (foreign or Thai), stay away.
The Thai police will arrest everyone in the group, not just those in possession of the drug.
If you see anyone doing any type drug, be it cocaine, ICE, ecstasy or weed, take yourself out of that environment immediately.
Also consider that the majority of Thais strongly object to recreational drug use, and as such will call the police on a condo or house where they suspect drug use is taking place.
Drug Classification Law in Thailand:
o Category I: Dangerous narcotics such as heroin;
o Category II: Ordinary narcotics such as morphine, cocaine, codeine, medicinal opium;
o Category III: Narcotics which are in the form of medicinal formula and contain narcotics of Category II, as ingredients in accordance with rules prescribed by the Minister and published in the Government Gazette;
o Category IV: Narcotics which consist of chemicals used for producing narcotics of Category I or II such as acetic anhydride, or acetyl chloride;
o Category V: Narcotics which are not included in Category I-IV such as marijuana or Kratom Plant.
Anyone caught in violation of the laws pertaining to these categories shall be punished by imprisonment or death, depending on the circumstances as determined by the Thai Courts.
Can You Bribe Your Way Out of Arrest
NO!…times have changed in Thailand and expect the full weight of the law
Stop & Search in Thailand
Just because you’re a foreigner, doesn’t mean you won’t get searched in the streets of Thailand.
Failure to produce identification will incur a fine and a trip to the station for further interrogation, so always carry an ID card / your passport or a copy.
Also consider that if an officer thinks you are under the influence of drugs when stopped, you may be taken to the station for a blood test.
This is a positive article warning anyone in or visiting Thailand to be aware of the Thai law regarding illegal drugs.