Seshata Sensi

JOURNALIST, CONSULTANT & PHOTOGRAPHER

NO MORE DEATH PENALTY FOR CANNABIS

Welcome to Malaysia, a diverse, vibrant kingdom of over 30 million inhabitants situated in Southeast Asia. Here, if you are caught and convicted of trafficking illegal drugs, you will be subject to a mandatory death sentence.

Between 1960 and 2011, the iron-fisted authorities executed 441 people, 228 of whom were convicted of drug trafficking offenses. As of May 2015, approximately 1,043 prisoners are remanded on death row.

In 2013, one particular campaign briefly caught the attention of the global cannabis community: the case of Thitima Khongnun, a single mother from Thailand who was arrested in Alor Setar, Malaysia in October 2011 with just 18 grams (0.64 ounces) of cannabis and sentenced to death by hanging—the typical method of execution in Malaysia.

Thitima’s case was publicized in an Avaaz petition brought by cannabis activists from…

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