Thai Education Ministry bans sale of food and drinks with cannabis and cannabis use for recreational purposes at its educational institutions

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The Thai Ministry of Education has banned the sale of food and drinks with cannabis as well as the use of the plant for recreational purposes in all educational institutions and agencies under the ministry’s supervision.

The announcement was signed and approved with an immediate effect by Anek Laothamatas, Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI).

According to the announcement, students and personnel of educational institutions and government agencies under the supervision of the Ministry of Education are prohibited to use marijuana or hemp for any recreational purposes as it may affect health in both the short term and long term.

The administrators of educational institutes and government agencies shall supervise and control shops selling food or drinks in all areas to refrain from selling food or any beverage with cannabis and hemp as an ingredient. Students and personnel are also not allowed to bring food or beverages containing any part of the plants to the educational institutions and the government agencies.

Under the regulations, the agencies’ and institutions’ personnel will also be responsible for promoting and providing accurate knowledge and understanding about the use of cannabis or hemp to students, staff, parents, people in the community, and the public by teaching, training, or producing media.

Apart from the guidelines stated in the announcement, the educational institutions and government agencies under the supervision of the Ministry may further issue more ordere to be consistent with the context and the environment of their responsible areas.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. 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.