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I would like to know if I am allowed to bring poppy seeds into Singapore for my baking business.
Poppy seeds are classified as prohibited goods by the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). Any company or person who wishes to import them or any foodstuff that contain the substance (regardless of the amount or purpose) must submit the Inward Declaration Form which can also be downloaded from
together with a certificate from the exporting country or the country of origin of the poppy seeds.
The importer must send a sample of the seeds or related product to the Health Sciences Authority located at 11 Outram Road, Singapore 169078 for analysis. If the sample is in the form of seeds, it is to be sent to the Division Director, Illicit Drugs Division, Applied Sciences Group, Health Sciences Authority (HSA) (Attn: Dr Angeline Yap).
If the sample is in the form of food products, it is to be sent to the Division Director, Food Safety Division, Applied Sciences Group, HSA (Attn: Ms Joanne Chan).
The HSA report must be submitted to the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB). In the event HSA certifies that the poppy seeds are cleared of any controlled substances, ie no traces of morphine detected, CNB will endorse and approve the Inward Declaration Form. With the endorsement by CNB, Singapore Customs will allow the poppy seeds to be imported into Singapore. If the poppy seeds are found to contain traces of controlled substances, the approval for importation will not be given.
Why is the law made out such that if anybody has in his possession of 15g of heroin carries a death penalty? Why not 10g or 16g?
Section 5 of the Misuse of Drugs Act states that it is an offence for a person to traffic in a controlled drug. Anyone convicted of trafficking more than 15g of heroin (nett weight) will face the death penalty. The calculation of 15g was derived in consultation with the relevant experts and authorities.
Why does Singapore have such strict laws on drug trafficking compared to other countries?
The Singapore Government has in place a transparent law and order system for the safety and security of its citizens, residents and those who visit. Singapore's laws on drug offences have played a major role in helping to keep our drug situation under control. Our strict laws against drug trafficking are well-known and serve as an effective deterrent in keeping foreign syndicates out of Singapore and also in deterring local Singaporeans from engaging in nefarious drug activities. As a result, Singapore is one of the safest places in the world to live and work in.
I heard that "Cannabis is not addictive." Is this true?
This is false! Studies have shown that frequent cannabis use can lead to addiction, meaning abusers have difficulty controlling their drug use and are often unable to stop, even though it interferes with their lives. In other words, they become addicted.
Cannabis poses as much danger as other drugs. It not only impairs your mental functions, such as inducing difficulty in forming coherent thoughts, it also causes disorientation. Long term use also affects the heart and lungs negatively.
Cannabis is a Class A drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act. Possession or consumption of Cannabis up to 10 years of imprisonment or S$20,000 fine or BOTH.
Can I know list of controlled substances that need to apply for a license or permit from CNB?
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