Cambodia Shares Concern of Marijuana Planting Trend in Mekong Sub-region

Cambodia has expressed concern over increasing trend of marijuana planting in Mekong sub-region and updated progress of the country’s illicit drug combat to date.

Mr. Keo Khondara, Vice President of the National Authority for Combating Drugs (NACD) shared the worry during the opening the Senior Officials Committee Meeting of the Signatories to the 1993 Memorandum of Understanding on Drug Control in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region organised here in Phnom Penh yesterday.

The favourable geographical condition of the region in terms of marijuana growing, said Mr. Keo Khondara, has led to the upturn of cross-border trading of the goods.

The vice president added that active marijuana traffic does not only harm users’ health, but also threaten the security of member countries, the region and the world.

To address the trend, the Royal Government of Cambodia has launched tough measures across the country.

As a result, for the first three months of 2017, competent authorities have cracked down on 2,677 cases � arresting 6,132 suspects and seizing over 36 kilogrammes of illicit drug.

Back in 2016, Cambodia intervened 4,191 cases, arresting some 9,800 suspects and seizing over 175 kilogrammes of drug.

There are currently 18,554 drug addicts in Cambodia.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press