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Good on them. I'm happy to be in bar with people drinking. I'm not happy to be in a bar with people drinking and also under the influence of drugs.Sod invastion of privacy, public safety is more important. Alcohol is a drug also. It also kills more people than the popular illegal drugs.Alcohol is not illegal.

No, it's not. How does that make it less dangerous to you or the public at large?

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Good on them. I'm happy to be in bar with people drinking. I'm not happy to be in a bar with people drinking and also under the influence of drugs.

Sod invastion of privacy, public safety is more important.

Alcohol is a drug also. It also kills more people than the popular illegal drugs.

Alcohol is not illegal.

Alcohol is taxed - the illegal drugs are not.

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The difference IS NOT always easy to see - if YOU can spot this, perhaps a job with any number of security forces beckons for your very unique skill set
Yes that was actually part of one my previous jobs. But it isn't a unique skill.

The really bad part is when people use the illegal drugs and also drink alchohol.

I am all for ridding the places of illegal drugs and if people MUST use them then stay at home until the effects are gone.

If you are ok hanging out with people on yah ba etc then that's a matter for you. But I don't.

As it's been already said, the marijuana can be detected for a long time even after the effects wear off. Same goes for other drugs... Many if not most of the users are no danger for the public, specially marijuana users, unless they're operating machinery (driving) but it's a different situation than being snatched off the beach or a bar, etc and locked up because your urine shows previous drug use.

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Alcohol is not illegal.

Alcohol is taxed - the illegal drugs are not.

What do these 2 replies have to do with the OP?

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My son told me that the police are paid 100 Baht for every addict they are able to lock, but are paid nothing for locking the dealers!

I asked him WHY?... his reply was "They don't want to stop the dealers because then there will be no addicts and then no money for the police !!!"

This is an accurate statement because my son has friends in the police farce.

Shouldn't someone make an official complaint about this very very serious problem?

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My son told me that the police are paid 100 Baht for every addict they are able to lock, but are paid nothing for locking the dealers!

I asked him WHY?... his reply was "They don't want to stop the dealers because then there will be no addicts and then no money for the police !!!"

This is an accurate statement because my son has friends in the police farce.

Shouldn't someone make an official complaint about this very very serious problem?

Maybe you, or your son? whistling.gif

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My son told me that the police are paid 100 Baht for every addict they are able to lock, but are paid nothing for locking the dealers!

I asked him WHY?... his reply was "They don't want to stop the dealers because then there will be no addicts and then no money for the police !!!"

This is an accurate statement because my son has friends in the police farce.

Shouldn't someone make an official complaint about this very very serious problem?

Maybe you, or your son? whistling.gif

No I should have said "someone in higher authority make the complaint", because my son & I don't want to be shot in the head.

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And who your son is?

My son is 19yo, I am farang and his mother Thai (sadly deceased when he was 5) so he is Luk Krung. We are just ordinary people.

BTW why, does this matter?

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And who your son is?

My son is 19yo, I am farang and his mother Thai (sadly deceased when he was 5) so he is Luk Krung. We are just ordinary people.

BTW why, does this matter?

It somewhat matters if your son claims cops are getting paid for locking up druggies and not the dealers... but if he's 19 y.o. ordinary teen than I'd say his saying is just street rumor...

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My son told me that the police are paid 100 Baht for every addict they are able to lock, but are paid nothing for locking the dealers!

I asked him WHY?... his reply was "They don't want to stop the dealers because then there will be no addicts and then no money for the police !!!"

This is an accurate statement because my son has friends in the police farce.

Shouldn't someone make an official complaint about this very very serious problem?

An official complaint is suggested. How very quaint. Do you think an official complaint would help? You are assuming they are paying attention to corruption, at the highest levels. I do not think that is the case.

The consensus is that the police are underpaid. And they are EXPECTED to make money in any way they see fit. Do you think there is even a 1% chance the division captains either do not know what is going on, or are not profiting from it? The only way to eliminate police corruption, would be to institute some of the following recommendations:

1. Begin to arrest, bring to trial, and convict officers found taking brides, soliciting bribes, and charging for their services. Sentence them to long prison terms, and force their families to pay heavy fines.

2. Raise the salaries of the policemen, so they are not forced, or compelled to take bribes in the first place. This requires a fundamental change in Thai society. The government has to be willing to increase their budgets dramatically, to accommodate the hundreds of billions of baht required to institute a top down change like this one.

3. Start realistic funding of the police departments. This will allow them to purchase up to date forensic, and crime lab equipment. I am told by informed sources, that Thailand is in the lowest 20% of undeveloped countries, when it comes to this standard of equipment. That would lead to #4.

4. Start to hire, and train crime scene investigators, detectives, and blood analysis experts. This requires a huge increase in the budget, and more than likely many of these experts will need to be trained overseas, as there is little in the way of expertise here currently. Very little. Shockingly little. One of the reasons why crime goes unsolved.

5. Train the government to care. For some reason, many of the ministers just do not give crime a high priority, and the fight against it continues in a very anemic fashion, unless you count the non-stop ramblings of Chalerm. Which most of us do not.

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The difference IS NOT always easy to see - if YOU can spot this, perhaps a job with any number of security forces beckons for your very unique skill set
Yes that was actually part of one my previous jobs. But it isn't a unique skill.

The really bad part is when people use the illegal drugs and also drink alchohol.

I am all for ridding the places of illegal drugs and if people MUST use them then stay at home until the effects are gone.

If you are ok hanging out with people on yah ba etc then that's a matter for you. But I don't.

As it's been already said, the marijuana can be detected for a long time even after the effects wear off. Same goes for other drugs... Many if not most of the users are no danger for the public, specially marijuana users, unless they're operating machinery (driving) but it's a different situation than being snatched off the beach or a bar, etc and locked up because your urine shows previous drug use.

an number of test have shown that marijuana is not particularly dangerous when it comes to driving, unless the user has ingested huge amounts. Huge amounts that would make it highly unlikely that they would even want to drive.

KIRO TV in Washington Sta did an amusing study on the issue:

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Hey what's next Thailand? barging into people's hotel rooms in the middle of the night for a surprise drug test.

They do that already since years in Bangkok. But they check Visas. Drugs will be next.

Knock,knock. Welcome to Thailand, the land of the Master Race. Passport, and urine test please, and don't forget to spend all your money before we prohibit your extensen of stay.

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The difference IS NOT always easy to see - if YOU can spot this, perhaps a job with any number of security forces beckons for your very unique skill set
Yes that was actually part of one my previous jobs. But it isn't a unique skill.

The really bad part is when people use the illegal drugs and also drink alchohol.

I am all for ridding the places of illegal drugs and if people MUST use them then stay at home until the effects are gone.

If you are ok hanging out with people on yah ba etc then that's a matter for you. But I don't.

As it's been already said, the marijuana can be detected for a long time even after the effects wear off. Same goes for other drugs... Many if not most of the users are no danger for the public, specially marijuana users, unless they're operating machinery (driving) but it's a different situation than being snatched off the beach or a bar, etc and locked up because your urine shows previous drug use.

an number of test have shown that marijuana is not particularly dangerous when it comes to driving, unless the user has ingested huge amounts. Huge amounts that would make it highly unlikely that they would even want to drive.

KIRO TV in Washington Sta did an amusing study on the issue:

I really don't think anyone regards Marijuana as a serious threat to society, (except it makes people super lazy) but when the police talk about drugs its usually the Yabba they and the community is worried about.

Yabba is the worst thing to hit Thailand, it make its addicts into instant gangsters, it changes the addicts attitude to others in a really bad way.

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Why not spend police man hours doing some real work and get the suppliers.

Perhaps its too much work?

How does a cop tell his boss (drug baron) that he is under arrest? -sic-

Simple answer. The suppliers are paying the cops to not arrest them. The Thai toy police like to go where the problem is not. Why arrest the suppliers? That causes the police captains to have to cut back on their villa construction, and their yacht purchases, which shrinks the local economy. Better to go after the tourists. Better for the tourists to just say no. Do the police have a legal right to administer a random blood test to a foreigner in a bar? I would say "eat me policeman. Eat me. Leave this bar right now. I am enjoying my beer. Get the hell out of here. Now. Before I report you to your superiors in Bangkok. You are not wanted in this bar. Get out!".

I do not think any tourist, or expat should ever have to be submitted to a random drug test. That is past ridiculous. Past inane. Just say no. Lock me up bitch. I will not take your test.

The police have the right to test you acoording to section 58/1 of the narcotics act.

If you don't comply you could get a prison senctence up to 6 months , a fine up to 10000 baht or both, section 92/1 of the narcotics act

If you are agressive to the policemen, you could get a bonus and get a free holiday for 1 to 10 years and a fine between 100000 and a million. section 93 of the narcotics act.

http://www1.oncb.go.th/document/Narcotics%20Act%20B.E.2522%20p10-40.pdf

Be brave and don't take the test.

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