The majority of us got to see the humanization of marijuana users through film and television, but Singapore is working to make sure that its citizens would not be able to access films with marijuana content. According to a new report issued by Netflix, the company has removed all movies that have marijuana contents as a move to comply with several demands made by the government of Singapore. This included three-pieces of marijuana-themed shows known as Cooking on High, The Legend of 420, and Disjointed.
They also removed Martin Scorsese’s films that had overt drug use and partying themes such as The Last Temptation of Christ and a Brazilian comedy, The Last Hangover. Netflix further disclosed that since 2015, it has received a total of nine take-down requests internationally.
Axios reported first on the issue of censorship this Friday, and since Netflix’s aim is to grow internationally, the company’s intention is to be transparent in the way it handles censorship efforts in the areas they are looking to invest. The company promised that every year, it will be disclosing all the censorship requests. Netflix further said that the content removed would only apply to the country that made the request, and other countries can still access the content.
Singapore is one of the countries known to have the most stringent drug control laws across the globe. Individuals found in possession of even small amounts of drugs are severely punished with a maximum of 10 years in prison or fine of $20,000 or both. Individuals found trafficking drugs are punished through execution.
The national Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said countries all over the world are inclining towards the global trends of decriminalization and legalization of marijuana and other drugs, but the government of Singapore isn’t interested in adopting the trends. The bureau further said that marijuana consumption exacts a high cost on society in countries that have approved legalization; therefore, Singapore has harsh laws on use, possession, trafficking, and importation or exportation of unlawful drugs such as marijuana and marijuana products.
The stringent drug policies coincide with a reduction in rates of drug use and substance use disorder, the officials argued.
According to the CNB estimates, the number of drug abusers arrested last year was about 2000 while those detained in the early 1990s was 6,000, which shows the number has reduced by two-thirds since the 1990s. However, although the agency claims that marijuana consumption causes harm to society, the available research on the effects of medical marijuana legalization in the U.S. shows that it does not lead to increased consumption among young adults nor does it have any impact on people participating in more dangerous activities such as smoking tobacco or using alcohol.
Malaysia borders Singapore to the North and in an attempt to treat substance use disorder as a public health issue, Malaysia is considering decriminalizing small amounts of cannabis.
Industry analysts believe that cannabis companies, such as Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTCQX: PLPRF), may be dismayed that Singapore hasn’t yet appreciated the current research on marijuana and how it can be beneficial.
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