Thai PM admits significant concerns about cannabis abuse after plant decriminalization

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Bangkok –

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O’Cha admitted that the decriminalization of cannabis and hemp has resulted in significant effects and concerns about potential abuse, warning the public to use them cautiously.

The Prime Minister stated regarding the cannabis and hemp legalization after a visit to the War Veterans Organization of Thailand yesterday, June 20th, that the Thai government is already aware that the regulations and restrictions which will be issued after the decriminalization has caused effects on many dimensions.

However, a committee has been established, chaired by Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, to urgently order some regulations while waiting for the laws to be published in the Royal Gazette.

He also urged the public and the press to be watchful of the illegal use of the plants and warned the wrongdoers that legal punishment for abuse is now implemented.

“It’s important to build mutual understanding that those who never use it shouldn’t just try it without proper supervision because it can affect their health….When the Act is out, there will be more punishment. It takes a little more time to understand and we have to look at the good side of the plants,” Prayut stated.


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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.