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Three men sentenced to life for transporting 6 kilograms of cannabis

Aug 12, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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In addition to their fines and lifetime sentences, the men were also ordered to undergo drug rehabilitation

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Three men in the Philippines have been sentenced to life imprisonment for their role in transporting 6.47 kilograms of cannabis in La Trinidad, the capital of the province of Benguet.

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The trio was also ordered to pay a fine of P500,000 each (about $11,500), reports The Philippine Daily Inquirer

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Their arrests date back to Dec. 2020, when the men were stopped by officers with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency in Cordillera and Baguio during a checkpoint.

In addition to their fines and lifetime sentences, they were also ordered to undergo drug rehabilitation.

The Philippines ranks among the worst places on earth to get caught with cannabis, with potential death penalties for possessing a relatively small amount of the plant.

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The nation’s laws impose a penalty of “life imprisonment to death” and a fine of 500,000 pesos to 10 million pesos, translating to thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars, for those caught with more than 10 grams of hash or more than 500 grams of cannabis, reports SensiSeeds.

Last month, a 49-year-old man in Singapore, who was originally imprisoned on cannabis trafficking charges in 2015, was put to death.

The High Commission of Canada in Singapore reports the country’s “drug laws are among the toughest in the world. Penalties for the possession of small amounts of drugs are up to 10 years in jail or fines of up to $20,000 or both.”

Trafficking charges carry a mandatory death penalty for those caught with 15 grams or more of heroin, 30 grams or more of cocaine, 200 grams or more of hashish, 500 grams or more of cannabis and 1,200 grams or more of opium.

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Last year, after a 41-year-old Singaporean man was convicted of importing one kilogram of pot and sentenced to death by hanging, Ziggy Marley called out the island nation’s approach to cannabis.

The son of Rita and Bob Marley, an eight-time Grammy Award winner, Marley took to Instagram to share his thoughts.

“So the government of [Singapore] is going to kill a human being for two pounds of cannabis. Is that just or moral?” Marley wrote. “Singapore, what are you doing?”

In the comment section of the post, Marley continued to address the sentence.

“This is the type of sh*t that flies under the radar and allows countries and governments to continue to uphold inhumane, unjust, immoral laws with no accountability and no consequences,” he wrote. “Every injustice that befalls any human being should be addressed and brought to light.”

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