Photo of Law Minister K Shanmugam from AFP

Death penalty for drug trafficking.

Well, not when it is the government which is doing the trafficking.

According to a report by CNBC, the government-owned National Research Foundation (NRF) has just launched a S$25 million program earlier this year to “unlock the therapeutic potentials” of banned drugs like Marijuana and Cannabis. A NRF spokesperson told CNBC:

“Research into cannabinoids complements and leverages Singapore’s strengths in biomedical research, and is a niche area that Singapore can compete globally in.”

The Singapore professor in-charge of the government drug project, Yew Wen Shan from NUS, told the US media that there is money to be made from the drug:

“There is a global market for cannabinoid-derived therapeutics. Use of the plant in raw form isn’t actually sustainable, so through this research program, sustainable production of cannabinoid-derived therapeutics can be achieved.”

Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam, a death-penalty activist, have in recent months supporting harsh punishments on drug use even for medical. On his Facebook page last year, he published a propaganda video dismissing using Marijuana as medical alternative.

Law Minister K Shanmugam has also a history of attacking anti-death penalty activists, and even equated them to drug-traffickers supporters last month.