Cannabis in Brunei

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Cannabis in Brunei is illegal and trafficking can be punished with the death penalty. Crystal meth and herbal cannabis are the primary drugs in the nation.[1] In 2004, Malaysian national Lam Ming Hwa was executed for possessing a 922-gram slab of cannabis.[2]



547 drug-related arrests occurred in 2001, with 84% of the convicted being Bruneian. The Sultan worked alongside the NCB in 2002 to ensure stricter regulations toward drug trafficking, by changing the Drug Trafficking Act. Following this change, the death penalty would be imposed on drug-related crimes involving smaller drug quantities.[3]


  1. ^ Rebecca McKetin; Eduardo Hidalgo (2005). Patterns and Trends in Amphetamine-type Stimulants in East Asia and the Pacific: Findings from the 2004 Regional ATS Questionnaire : Final Report. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Center for East Asia and the Pacific. p. 33.
  2. ^ Death for pot | Cannabis Culture
  3. ^ Sulaiman, Hamzah. "NEGARA BRUNEI DARUSSALAM: Socio-Economic Concerns Amid Stability and Plenty." Southeast Asian Affairs (ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute), 2003, doi: