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Sep 15, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Man in Bangladesh being held after found carrying weed, tobacco, scissors and a pipe

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A father visiting his son at a high-security prison in Bangladesh found himself in trouble this week when he was arrested for possessing cannabis.

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According to the Dhaka Tribune, the 54-year-old father was detained after security at Kashimpur Prison searched him. His son is reportedly in prison in connection with a murder case.

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During the search at about 2 p.m. on Sept. 13, staff found various contraband, including five grams of cannabis, 10 grams of tobacco leaves, some scissors and a chillum, described as a cone-shaped pipe used to smoke weed.

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“Think of this pipe as being similar to a one-hitter, but available in different sizes. The larger the pipe, the more capacity for herb,” according to Hemper.

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Per Fourals, the contraband was hidden within a food bag the father had allegedly brought for the son.

World Population Review reports that both medicinal and recreational cannabis are illegal in Bangladesh, although the latter is tolerated. “Banned in 1989, but ban is rarely enforced. Freely available in many areas,” the information notes.

Though tolerated, cannabis possession is illegal in Bangladesh

Still, the Narcotics Control Act, 1990 states that cannabis cultivation, production, processing, carrying, transportation, import, export, supply, purchase, sale, possession, preservation, warehousing, exhibition or use of any kind of narcotic, including cannabis, remains illegal in the country, per Legal Counsel BD.

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The act notes any such infraction involving cannabis herb carries a prison term of six months and three years for amounts not exceeding five kilograms. For cannabis resin, possessing 2 kg or less is punishable by a prison term of two to 10 years upon conviction.

“Bangladesh drug policy is predominantly punitive,” according to Harm Reduction International. Depending on the substance and the quantity, the penalties range from six months to life imprisonment. The potential for the latter would apply in cases involving a person having more than 2 kg of cannabis resin.

Whatever the amount of contraband, possessing it while visiting a prison or perhaps trying to smuggle it inside is definitely illegal.

Familial connection also made in other smuggling bids

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Despite its illegality in Bangladesh and elsewhere, the incident was not the first time a parent tried to supply their child with bud while behind bars.

In October 2021, a 48-year-old woman and her 23-year-old accomplice tried to get marijuana and methamphetamine to the woman’s son, who at the time was being housed at the Lexington County Detention Center in South Carolina.

Even with smuggling, recreational cannabis is illegal in the state, with possession of more than 28 grams, but less than 4.5 kilograms, carrying a maximum prison term of up to five years, according to Deaton Law Firm LLC.

This past August, a 61-year-old mother in Argentina reportedly tried to smuggle noodles stuffed with weed for her imprisoned son.

Although Argentina decriminalized small amounts of cannabis for personal use and consumption in private locations, growing, selling and transporting large amounts remains illegal.

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