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Thai man spends two days on roof after his family wouldn’t let him smoke weed

  • A 42-year-old man in northeast Thailand reportedly spent nearly two days on a roof after his family cut off his access to marijuana.
  • On Sunday, the man asked his father for marijuana; however, his father stated that he did not have any, prompting the man to climb onto the roof at around 8:30 p.m.
  • Neighbors and friends tried to convince the man to come back down to no avail.
  • Almost 48 hours later, the man became “too hot and too hungry” and climbed back down on Tuesday around 6 p.m.

A Thai man reportedly spent nearly 48 hours on a roof in protest after his family would not allow him to smoke marijuana.

The man, 42-year-old Kantaphi, was described by his wife as a “weed addict.” To curb his addiction, Kantaphi’s wife sent him to stay with his father in the Kantharalak district to “starve him of marijuana.” 

South African woman’s life sentence in Thailand for crime she says she didn’t commit is reduced

  • Ashley Oosthuizen, a 23-year-old South African, was arrested in 2020 after she accepted a package that contained ecstasy from a delivery man at the restaurant in Thailand where she worked as a manager.
  • On Wednesday, the Koh Samui Court decided to reduce her life sentence to 33.4 years at a hearing.
  • Oosthuizen has since maintained her innocence, claiming that she was unaware of the contents of the package.
  • Her boyfriend at the time, Tristan Nettles, previously claimed responsibility behind the drug operation. He said he was an “international dark web drug dealer” and that Oosthuizen was not involved.
  • Nettles was never prosecuted as he fled Thailand before the arrest.

The life sentence of a South African woman who was convicted of drug trafficking in Thailand last year has been reduced to 33 years.

Ashley Oosthuizen, 23, was arrested for drug dealing on Oct. 8, 2020, after she accepted a package that contained ecstasy from a delivery man at the restaurant Hot in the Biscuit, where she worked as a manager.

Charges against man who fatally stabbed his father while on magic mushrooms in Canada dropped

  • Thomas Chan, 25, was previously found guilty in December 2018 for murdering his father in Peterborough, Ontario, on Dec. 28, 2015.
  • While experiencing a drug-induced psychotic episode related to magic mushrooms he consumed before the attack, Chan stabbed his father Andrew Chan and his partner Lynn Witteveen with a butcher knife.
  • During Chan’s trial, he was not allowed to use the automatism defense; however, the Supreme Court found Section 33.1 of the Criminal Code unconstitutional this Spring, granting Chan a new trial.
  • Crown attorney Paul Murray told Peterborough Superior Court that it was not in the public interest to move forward with a retrial. Instead, the prosecution withdrew the charges on Thursday, citing the time Chan has already served, his restrictive bail conditions and the fact that he is doing well.

The charges against Thomas Chan, the man who was found guilty of manslaughter in the death of his father in 2018, have been withdrawn by the Crown counsel in Canada.

Chan, 25, was previously found guilty in December 2018 for the charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder following an incident at his father’s Haggis Drive house in Peterborough, Ontario, on Dec. 28, 2015.

‘Happy water’, a cocktail of 6 psychoactive substances, is on the rise in Southeast Asia

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  • A mix of up to six psychoactive substances dissolved in liquid to make a beverage called “happy water” has gained popularity in Southeast Asia in recent months.
  • The beverage reportedly induces a state of euphoria without exhaustion, leaving users feeling “dreamy, active and energetic.”
  • Caffeine, diazepam, ketamine, MDMA (ecstasy), methamphetamine and tramadol are said to compose the superdrug, but it’s unclear whether all six substances must be in the mix to produce the same effects.
  • Authorities in Thailand and Myanmar have arrested individuals suspected of trafficking the drug in entertainment venues such as bars and clubs.
  • Abuse of the drug can lead to multiple health problems and even death due to its synthetic composition.

A powerful combination of six psychoactive substances that are dissolved in liquid to make a beverage known as “happy water” is reportedly on the rise in Southeast Asia, triggering a crackdown by authorities.

The literal cocktail, which appears to have gained popularity in recent months, is said to induce a state of euphoria without exhaustion, leaving users feeling “dreamy, active and energetic.”

Texas teens die from fentanyl overdose weeks before high school graduation

  • Irene Sunderland and Grant Blodgett, two high school seniors in Texas, were found dead after a fentanyl overdose. 
  • They suffered from drug addictions for many years, according to investigators. 
  • Mandy, Irene’s mother, found her daughter dead in her bedroom surrounded by drugs on the day she was reportedly going to take her to rehab.
  • Investigators found phone records on both teenagers’ cellphones, leading to the arrest of Abdulbaaith Abiodun Adewale, a 19-year-old dealer. 
  • Adewale was charged with two second-degree felony charges of manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance causing death or serious bodily injury. His bond was set at $150,000.

Two high school seniors in Texas were found dead from a fentanyl overdose after suffering from drug addictions for years, according to investigators. 

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a double overdose call at a home on Stanwick Place, The Woodlands. They found Irene Sunderland, 18, and her boyfriend Grant Blodgett, 17, dead ​​in a bedroom on May 5. 

Thailand to hand out 1 million free cannabis plants to celebrate legalization

  • Thailand is set to give away 1 million cannabis plants for free to households throughout the country in honor of its legalization, ​​Thailand Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced.
  • The new rule will take effect on June 9, when people can grow cannabis at home after notifying their local government.
  • Some rules still apply, including that the plants be of medical grade and used only for medicinal purposes.
  • Cannabis products can only contain less than 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive ingredient that causes highs.
  • Cannabis grown at home can’t be used for commercial purposes without the proper licenses.

Thailand is set to give away 1 million cannabis plants for free to households throughout the country in honor of the drug’s legalization.

Anutin Charnvirakul, Thailand’s public health minister, announced the mass plant giveaway in a Facebook post on Sunday. 

Mentally impaired Malaysian man accused of smuggling 1.5 ounces of heroin set for execution in Singapore

  • Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, a mentally impaired Malaysian man convicted of smuggling heroin in Singapore in 2009, will be executed next Wednesday, his sister and lawyer confirmed Wednesday.
  • Dharmalingam, who was 21 at the time, was arrested with 42.72 grams (1.5 ounces) of heroin strapped to his leg at Woodlands Checkpoint in Singapore in April 2009.
  • “I will say that all Singaporeans will have blood in [sic] their hands next Wednesday as the execution is done in their name. You have a duty to stop this,” his lawyer M. Ravi wrote on LinkedIn.
  • Kokila Annamalai, a social activist from Transformative Justice Collective, has organized a candlelight vigil for Dharmalingam at the Speakers' Corner at Hong Lim Park on April 25.
  • Under Singapore’s 1974 Misuse of Drugs Act’s Second Schedule, any illegal export or import of heroin (diamorphine), amounting to not less than 10 grams (0.35 ounces) and not more than 15 grams (0.52 ounces), is punishable by 30 years up to life imprisonment with 15 strokes of the cane; however, those caught with more than 15 grams of heroin will receive the mandatory death sentence.

A mentally impaired Malaysian man convicted of smuggling heroin into Singapore in 2009 will be executed next week, his sister and lawyer said Wednesday.

Traveling from Malaysia, Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, who was 21 at that time, was arrested with 42.72 grams (1.5 ounces) of heroin strapped to his leg at Woodlands Checkpoint in Singapore in April 2009. He was handed a death sentence under the city state’s strict anti-drug law a year after his arrest.

Thai man cut off his penis with scissors during cannabis-fueled psychosis, according to new case study

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  • A 23-year-old Thai man reportedly cut off parts of his penis with scissors during a cannabis-induced psychosis.
  • He allegedly smoked two grams of marijuana, which is equivalent to six joints.
  • Doctors at Chiang Mai University’s hospital thought of reattaching the penis but decided against it, because the organ was too “dirty and fragile” to repair.

Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of bodily harm that some readers may find disturbing.

A 23-year-old Thai man reportedly cut off parts of his penis with scissors after suffering from an episode of cannabis-induced psychosis.

Hong Kong teen with alleged triad links arrested for possession of $3.6 million worth of cocaine

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A Hong Kong teenager who police suspect to have links with triad groups was recently arrested with 23 kilograms (50 pounds) of cocaine reportedly worth around 27 million Hong Kong dollars (approximately $3.6 million).

What happened: The 14-year-old boy was arrested in Tsing Yi car park after he stepped into an abandoned car used by criminals to store drugs, officers said, adding that the vehicle was already under surveillance before the incident, according to South China Morning Post.

‘He’s got an IQ of 69’: Malaysian man to be hanged in Singapore for possessing 1.5 ounces of heroin

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Lawyers are making last-resort efforts to save a mentally impaired Malaysian man from being hanged in Singapore for drug charges next week.

What’s happening: Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, 33, is scheduled to face execution by hanging on Nov. 10, and his lawyers are now planning to make a final appeal this week to save him, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.

Asia’s largest-ever drug bust: Laotian police seize almost 2 tons of meth worth over $200 million

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Local authorities in Laos seized a massive drug haul that a United Nations crime agency has called the biggest bust ever recorded in Asia. 

Biggest in history: On Wednesday, Laos police discovered 55.6 million methamphetamine tablets and under 1.7 tons of crystal meth inside a beer delivery truck that officers pulled over for inspection, reported the Washington Post.

Malaysian single mother of 9 inconsolable in video after being sentenced to death for drug possession

Malaysian mother sentenced to death for drugs

A video showing a single mother of nine crying inconsolably and pleading for help after being sentenced to death for drug-related charges has gone viral in Malaysia.

What happened: Hairun Jalmani, a 55-year-old fishmonger, was caught with 113.9 grams of methamphetamine in January 2018. Jalmani was convicted of drug possession and distribution and was sentenced to death by hanging on Oct. 15, according to Vice.