Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Phuket Poll: Should marijuana be made legal?

PHUKET: On Tuesday the Cabinet approved draft legislation drawn up by a panel led by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) to legally allow research into the effects of medicinal cannabis on humans.

By The Phuket News

Saturday 19 May 2018, 09:00AM

The use of marijuana for medical purposes has blown open the debate on whether the plant and its derivatives should be made legal. Photo: CC Public Domain via Pxhere

The use of marijuana for medical purposes has blown open the debate on whether the plant and its derivatives should be made legal. Photo: CC Public Domain via Pxhere

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.)




Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters

Kurt | 19 May 2018 - 14:53:43

The Netherlands( Amsterdam)was pioneer in separating hard and soft drugs. Marijuana one can buy there in 'coffee shops' in limited amounts for private use. Choose your preference from menu
Many European cities in time followed Amsterdam, noticing less drug related crimes after legalizing soft drugs
It is now more seen as drinking alcohol and smoking, also habits not 100% good for health

Have a news tip-off? Click here


Phuket community
Phuket pharmacists up in arms over Drugs Act

What is so puzzling about what the legislation proscribes? What is puzzling is why a military junta ...(Read More)

American tourist in ICU after Krabi rock climbing fall

As a patient (since deceased) or relative of the deceased, one would be mortified to read comments c...(Read More)

Phuket Opinion: The world is watching us

If the Thai basher would only read the article, it was not Thai's worried about international pe...(Read More)

Poor service quality dogs airport ranking

Hire foreign professionals to upgrade Suvarnabhumi airport. Abroad many countries do that a few year...(Read More)

Over 1,000 arrested in Phuket ‘Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner’ clampdown

Question again: Where are these 1463 foreigners hold presently until they get deported? Not in Phuke...(Read More)

New Phuket Provincial Prison reaches half-way mark

Phuket Town prison, built for 750 prisoners. Now holding a total of 3131 prisoners! To say that the...(Read More)

Phuket Vegetarian Festival takes to the streets

I am well aware as would most intelligent people of the implications of the devotees in this festiva...(Read More)

Poor service quality dogs airport ranking

Thailand's bullheaded bureaucracies will ensure that nothing changes. As the AoT continues to m...(Read More)

Cocaine, heroin popular among specific groups in Patong, police play down claim

When a town police chief plays down a Vice Governor we face a Phuket authority struggle. And for the...(Read More)

Phuket pharmacists up in arms over Drugs Act

Well, this whole affair/plan is already off the table, but I was puzzled by the term "health p...(Read More)


Melbourne Cup 2018