Marijuana is still a drug under Thai law and its use for medical purposes requires strict legal control measures.
According to the Narcotics Act, the planting of the marijuana plant is allowed for medical purposes but use of the plant does not extend to medical research involving humans.
While the ONCB has supported the use of cannabis for medical purposes, its use for other purposes, such as recreational use is still illegal, explained ONCB Secretary-General Sirinya Sitdhichai. (See story here.)
However, the regular medical use of marijuana elsewhere in the world has blown wide open the debate as to whether or not marijuana should be made legal, or even just decriminalised.
To this The Phuket News asks readers the simple question, “Should marijuana be made legal?”
Responses available in the poll are:
- Yes, marijuana in all its forms should be made legal and possession, use and sale should be fully unregulated.
- Yes, but for medical research and use only.
- Yes, but only “decriminalise” it and keep it strictly regulated as done in the US and in Amsterdam.
- No. It is a narcotic and should be treated as such.
To vote in the poll, click here.
If your preferred response is not available, feel free to enter it in the comments section below.
To see the results of our previous poll, “How should Phuket’s lifeguards be provided?” (click here.)