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Officials aim to deter recreational weed use after June 9 legalisation

Officials aim to deter recreational weed use after June 9 legalisation

BANGKOK: The Public Health Ministry has signed an agreement with eight agencies to emphasise the use of cannabis and hemp for medical, beauty and research and development use amid fears people will use it for recreational purposes when they are allowed to grow the plants at home from June 9.

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 28 May 2022, 05:22PM


Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul tastes some cannabis tea at an exhibition that hosted a signing ceremony on cannabis and hemp yesterday among related agencies at the Public Health Ministry. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill / Bangkok Post

Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul tastes some cannabis tea at an exhibition that hosted a signing ceremony on cannabis and hemp yesterday among related agencies at the Public Health Ministry. Photo: Pattarapong Chatpattarasill / Bangkok Post

The signatories are the Public Health Ministry, Ministry of Tourism and Sports, Thai Health Promotion Foundation, Mass Communication Organisation of Thailand, The Medical Council of Thailand, Thai Traditional Medical Council, The Pharmacy Council of Thailand and the Thailand Nursing and Midwifery Council. The signing event was observed by the Royal Thai Police, the Office of the Narcotics Control Board and the Food and Drug Administration.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said yesterday (May 27) the agreement will help improve market value and encourage product diversification into areas such as food ingredients, herbal remedies and cosmetics, as from June 9 cannabis will be officially removed from the Type 5 narcotics list, reports Bangkok Post.

However, any products that contain more than a 0.2% extract of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical responsible for most of cannabis’ psychoactive effects, are still recognised as category 5 substances and regulated under laws pertaining to narcotics control and suppression.

"People can grow cannabis at home for medical purposes after they register the cultivation with provincial administrative organisations, or via the mobile application Pluk Kan, developed and operated by the Food and Drug Administration. Homegrown cannabis will help save money for some patients who need to use the plant for medical treatments," he said.

He said the delisting of cannabis as a narcotic did not mean that people can use it freely, especially for recreation.

He said the ministry has asked the House of Representatives to hasten the passage of the bill which is expected to be deliberated in parliament this term.

"Registration is required for household growing. There is no limit on the number of plants but they must have fenced enclosures for safety and to prevent them being stolen or otherwise taken by other people," he said.

The Public Health Ministry will prepare guidelines for cannabis users on preventing second-hand smoke from affecting others and will propose them to the National Public Health Committee on May 30, said Mr Anutin.

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Capt B | 30 May 2022 - 19:41:45

@JohnC The true facts are already on Youtube  The Offspring Mota lyrics
In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Thailand adopts it after June 9th as their new national anthem.

JohnC | 30 May 2022 - 09:35:04

@captb. Are you that completely clueless about the true facts? Just because a substance is made legal does not mean it is instantly used or abused by 100s or 1000s more people. Your narrow-minded attitude is no better than the witch hunt trials of medieval times.

jamstock | 29 May 2022 - 12:11:47

Absurd. So you're allowed to get high on alcohol, which you have to buy and which is potentially lethal but not cannabis, which you can grow at home for free and which is never killed anyone.

Capt B | 29 May 2022 - 11:36:58

If this legislation is approved on June 9th, many more people will die on Thai Roads. The combination of alcohol & pot spells disaster for all people on Thai Roads & you may all need this Manual "Traumatic Brain Injury Survival Guide"  tbiguide com

Kurt | 29 May 2022 - 07:32:24

We read: .."delisting cannabis as a narcotic doesn't mean people can use it freely, specially for recreation".. Of course not!! The idea only that people can do something freely without bureaucratic officialdom control, no way. The thought alone, hahaha.

christysweet | 28 May 2022 - 23:05:43

Right, 'cause can't have pot competing with alcohol sales. This takes the cake for completely unenforceable and absurd laws.  

 

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