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Anutin dismisses bid to re-outlaw cannabis

BANGKOK: Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul dismissed a plan to return marijuana to Type 5 narcotics status yesterday (Nov 14), saying that would fall under the remit of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB).

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 15 November 2022, 09:00AM

Anutin. Photo: AFP

Anutin. Photo: AFP

According to Anutin, the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes has, after much discussion and debate, already been decided upon.

“The opposition should learn more about the context of the proposed cannabis use and change their mindset about it now that the law has been issued,” Anutin said.

The minister also insisted that domestic cannabis cultivation will not increase use among those under the legal age of consumption as the plant is harder to use than cigarettes and alcoholic drinks, reports the Bangkok Post.

“We have also prohibited the sale and use of the plant among minors. The prohibition behind the law should be solely dependent on their family,” he stated.

Earlier, many MPs expressed their concerns about the bill and cited widespread recreational use of the drug among youths after the plant’s legalisation.

Anutin also stressed that rumoured concoctions such as cannabis cola or clustered flowers will never see the light of day if the latest cannabis and hemp bill is not dismissed.

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The new bill will include a notification process, according to the minister, that will instruct producers and vendors on which product categories they can carry legally.

“We needed to issue the notification to reduce public and political concerns on the use of cannabis cola or clustered flowers for recreational purposes, which might lead to a tendency for them to vote against the bill.

“In the meantime the notification will strengthen investor confidence in their medicinal cannabis businesses.”

Anutin claimed that he has not yet planned to submit a proposal to the ONCB to include the plants on the narcotics list.

“Even though we have not observed anything untoward, we are highly concerned about the safety of users,” he added.

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christysweet | 15 November 2022 - 13:23:28

K Anutin's skill at compartmentalizing  facts within his own mind is astonishing. Is anyone asking how much he has invested in the industry? Recreational pot use is on every block, near Laguna,  5,.. 7  or maybe 10  little shops have opened- not a doctor  in sight. 

Fascinated | 15 November 2022 - 10:17:31

Teflon man strikes again. 'If revoked it wasn't me it was the ONCB'. No way of putting this Genie back in the bottle. The policy was, as usual, not clearly thought through. Concoctions do exist there are at least two cannabis coffee machines on the streets of Kamala. To think this guy is a possible future PM is just mind-boggling.


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