[quote=“JoeyJoJoJnrShabadu”]Why is it that many Asian countries have severe penalties for drug violations?
. . . . btw to be fair I should have also posted “The West: why so soft on drugs?”[/quote]
Different drugs, different situations. After all, tobacco, alcohol, coffee and aspirin are all drugs too.
Regarding marijuana, it makes no sense for any country to take a get-tough approach and imprison or deport offenders. No one has ever died from marijuana, unlike the millions who die every year from alcohol and tobacco; it doesn’t cause people to become violent and abuse their family members or fight with strangers, as alcohol does; it causes only a tiny fraction of the traffic fatalities that alcohol does; etc. Marijuana is only illegal due to ignorance and mindless acceptance of past propaganda and practices.
In asia, children don’t rebel and seize their independence anywhere near the extent to which they do in the west. For the most part, they’re good little boys and girls living at home with their mommy and daddy. And even when they become adults, they find it easier to conform then to question authority and societal beliefs. In Asia alcohol and tobacco are the chosen poisons and children lack the courage, independence or individuality to even consider that maybe marijuana isn’t the equivalent of heroin, maybe it’s really not harmful at all, maybe they might want to experiment and try it. Besides, when would they have time to try it between classes and cram school and where could they do it, when they all live at home with their families? As for the adults, they’re far too conformist, ignorant about the subject and thoroughly indoctrinated by the killer weed propaganda to consider the possibility that it might not be a deadly poison, so if the kid were caught smoking pot it would be a permanently shameful and unforgivable crime for which the strictest punishment would be the only possible response.
Same goes for shrooms, which are also a natural substance without particularly harmful effects for most takers.
I doubt users of E suffer any more harm than users of alcohol or tobacco; that is, occasional use won’t be especially damaging, but regular use may kill you. Same goes for cocaine. But those type of drugs are feared so much more intensely because it’s not just a plant that grows naturally, but is the result of a manmade process of chemistry, which makes them especially unknown and sinister. Moreover, the fact that such substances may be linked (at least in the minds of the fearful) with shady characters in dark, smoky clubs where foreigners go to prey upon innocent young asian girls, gangsters reign, and the police make raids and haul deviates off to jail, after their photos have been published in the Apple and their families have been forever shamed, only makes matters worse.
A tough stance on heroin, on the other hand, I can understand (though the death penalty is barbaric for any crime, in asia or the west).