Thai Ministry of Public Health to propose cannabis regulations to prevent recreational use

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  The Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine of the Ministry of Public Health will propose government regulations for controlling the use of cannabis to prevent recreational use while the Cannabis-Hemp Act draft has not yet been implemented.

Department Director-General Yongyot Thammawut said to the press yesterday, June 14th, that the Department is collecting and drafting laws in the field of cannabis use into a draft notification under the Ministry of Public Health. The draft will limit the possession of individual and community enterprises for recreational purposes to prevent plant misuse which could be threatening personal health and society.

The draft will cover the vulnerabilities while the Cannabis-Hemp Act is still in process of the implementation. It will be initially proposed to Kiattipoom Wongrachit, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health as a chairman of the Protection and Promotion of the Wisdom of Thai Traditional Medicine Committee.

Then, the draft will be presented to Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul in the next step of the procedure. If approved, the regulations will be announced in the Government Gazette and will be effective immediately. The drafting process may take about three to five days, according to the Director-General.

Meanwhile, the Minister responded to the issue this afternoon that he would study what the draft has offered but the cannabis use controls are mostly written in the Public Health Act which is currently in use. It is not like there are no regulations at all, according to Anutin.

The Minister added: “The Cannabis-Hemp Act is currently being considered by the working committee that meets twice a week as we’re trying to accelerate the implementation in this session.”

“If everyone uses it with understanding and with the intention for health and medicine purposes, there will be no problem. There is news saying that people are using it in the wrong way, it is not the purpose of the decriminalization.”

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National News Writer at The Pattaya News. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.