PADANG BESAR, July 21 — Although Thailand has allowed the use or smoking of cannabis (ganja), Malaysians visiting the kingdom is prohibited from returning with the substance, said Perlis police chief Datuk Surina Saad.

She said police would take action against any individual bringing in cannabis into Malaysia even if included a little in cakes or other foodstuff and drinks.

“We don’t have the power to prevent anyone from touring the neighbouring country and taking cannabis there but legal action can be taken under the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 if returning with cannabis or under the influence of the drug,” she told reporters, here, today.

She was earlier asked on the action of a number of Malaysians who entered Thailand not to just tour the kingdom but also to take the opportunity of trying out the ganja there.

“Personally, I advise Malaysians not to try taking ganja while in Thailand although allowed there as the habit of smoking it can be detrimental to health,” she added.

Surina said she had also asked the agencies at the border to increase inspection to ensure that no one would bring into Malaysia any psychoactive drug like cannabis, although no such cases had been reported so far.

“Police will not hesitate to act against any individual violating the laws including the drug law,” she added. — Bernama