One of the risks of smoking weed in Malaysia, other than the obvious fact that it’s a crime, is that your supply isn’t always as constant as you’d like.
Backdoor channels and supply routes get easily disrupted, leaving customers dry and not high.
With how lucrative and popular the plant is, one has to wonder why is it so difficult to get your hands on a constant supply?
A police inspector who wishes to remain anonymous shared some insights with us at TRP.
One of the biggest reasons for the weed drought is that the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) is doing their job really well.
According to the inspector, our local enforcement has increased its crackdown on the main group of drug dealers that distribute weed and other drugs.
This additional frequency of raids and arrests come from accurate intelligence information, so good work to all the PDRM spies out there.
Not only that, PDRM turned to focus on the source of Malaysia’s weed, which actually comes from our neighbouring countries.
The Malaysian Border Security Agency (AKSEM) which has been established since 2017 has effectively dried up the substantial supply of marijuana from Indonesia and Thailand.
In addition to that, Thailand and Malaysia’s narcotics police departments have been working closely together to bring down drug smugglers.
Thai police are also tightening their grip on drug transit routes that cross their border from Laos and Cambodia.
As they say, two brains is better than one, and the shared information from both parties has severely impacted the amount of drugs that can cross the border.
Weed certainly isn’t the worst drug that’s being stopped at our borders. The police are targeting much more dangerous drugs such as meth and heroin, but marijuana is often supplied by the same dealers and are swept up together.
About 1,900kg of marijuana was seized in 2018, which is a significantly smaller number than the 7,700kg of amphetamine-type stimulants (meth in its different forms).
So is there a major drop in weed supply? Maybe not, but marijuana certainly isn’t able to move around Southeast Asia as freely as it used to.
Expect longer and more frequent weed droughts in Malaysia, which can unfortunately lead Malaysians to other kinds of substances such as ketum.
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.