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Doctors want immediate suspension of cannabis decriminalisation

Doctors want immediate suspension of cannabis decriminalisation

BANGKOK: More than 800 doctors from Ramathibodi Hospital have called for the immediate suspension of the policy of decriminalisation of cannabis pending implementation of adequate controls to protect the young.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 25 July 2022, 02:05PM


Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, right, listens to a presentation on the medical use of cannabis at Government House last month. Photo: Government House

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, right, listens to a presentation on the medical use of cannabis at Government House last month. Photo: Government House

The move was announced by the president of the Forensic Physicians Association of Thailand, Dr Smith Srisont, reports the Bangkok Post.

He posted on his Facebook account that 851 doctors, lecturers and alumni of the faculty of medicine Ramathibodi Hospital at Mahidol University had issued a statement seeking the immediate suspension of cannabis decriminalisation.

According to the statement, cannabis decriminalisation without adequate measures and policies for safe use led to the widespread recreational use of the drug and its access by young people, amid clear and considerable scientific evidence that cannabis has negative effects on the bodies and brains of the young.

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The situation was different from the government’s intention to increase people’s access to the medical use of cannabis.

“The present situation is a real threat to the health system and public health, in both the short and long term,” the statement said.

The doctors urged the government to immediately suspend the policy until laws were in place to protect young people from cannabis abuse and ensure proper use of cannabis, to minimise its impact on the general public.

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Pooliekev | 26 July 2022 - 21:20:43

Harumph! Snort! How dare they! Calm down elderly gents, they'll work it all out. 

Kurt | 26 July 2022 - 09:48:02

There we go again with Thai ordering/suspension/forbid, etc. When they stop with paternalistic behavior and teach thai people to think for themself and take responsiblity for their own doings and being. Just educate them in use of canabis. To late to stop. It crowns everywhere now. Even in home gardens of Officialdom workers.

JohnC | 26 July 2022 - 09:43:46

And these are supposed medical professionals??? They need to go back to school and learn their trade  properly. Are there adequate controls protecting them from alcohol abuse plus other dangerous substances easily obtained in the LoS? No, there are not. Far from it.

JohnC | 26 July 2022 - 09:35:59

How ridiculous! Considering the lack of controls to protect the young in this country in anyway cannabis should be the very least of their concerns. (underage on motorbikes, parents forcing children to sell unwanted junk to tourists, selling them for sex, etc, the list is endless) And that is not taking in to consideration the bad hard drugs so easily available to them if they want them. 

Fascinated | 25 July 2022 - 19:00:17

How about concentrating on the young not riding motorbikes ( and by that I mean under 18)? Far more dangerous. That would have an impact on the general public as well.

 

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