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Anutin slams call to re-list cannabis as narcotic plant

Anutin slams call to re-list cannabis as narcotic plant

BANGKOK: Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul yesterday (Sept 19) slammed the proposal to re-list some parts of the cannabis plant as a narcotic, saying there is no evidence of improper use of cannabis under existing laws as claimed by the policy’s critics.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 20 September 2022, 09:29AM

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul holds a bottle of cannabis oil. Photo: Bangkok Post

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul holds a bottle of cannabis oil. Photo: Bangkok Post

He made the comment in response to a petition on signed by 1,363 doctors which called on the government to scrap the policy decriminalising cannabis use and possession, citing the lack of controls to prevent its recreational use and abuse by children and minors, reports the Bangkok Post.

Instead, Anutin said the ministry is willing to explain any concern expressed by the group. The minister pointed out that current rules on cannabis use are set up with medical users in mind.

“The law doesn’t support other uses beyond [medical use]. There are rules which prevent cannabis smoking in public, and sales are restricted to individuals over the age of 20,” he said.

“Re-listing cannabis [as a narcotic] is ridiculous, and we won’t do it because we have come so far. We haven’t seen any negative impact that is beyond our control.”

He expressed his confidence that the parliament won’t reject the ministry’s cannabis bill again once the lawmakers’ concerns are addressed.

On an unrelated note, Deputy Public Health Minister Satit Pitutecha, who accompanied Anutin, said he has no problems working with the Bhumjaithai leader. The Democrat politician said the party has yet to explain the reason for its objection to the cannabis bill.

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Kurt | 21 September 2022 - 00:08:05

Cannabis is here, and not going away anymore, whatever they like to try to politicize it. if cannabis is able to break up the present ruling undemocratic Government it earns a decoration. :-)  Good for a laugh.

Pascale | 20 September 2022 - 19:04:34

I read below that if you use cannabis you 're not damaging your health . Does that mean smoking a handful of joints a day doesn't affect ones respiratory system ? Wow jamstock, how many cannabis cookies did you eat to come up with such a nonsense ? 

jamstock | 20 September 2022 - 14:21:30

So these people realise how damaging alcohol is? At least with cannabis you're not damaging your health 

phkt-2016 | 20 September 2022 - 12:13:06

Medical use in mind..... In my neighbourhood at least a dozen of Cannabis Cafe's opened up, selling cookies, teas and often joints .. Not against the legalisation  but saying that everyone buys for medical reasons is just bollocks.

JohnC | 20 September 2022 - 10:25:08

Stick to your guns K. Anutin. This is a good thing for Thailand and it's people. There will always be detractors with any new ideas or changes.


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