Several MPs from oppositional parties attack Thai Public Health Minister and his cannabis legalization without proper controls during first day of no-confidence debate

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Bangkok –

Members of Parliament from oppositional parties attacked Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and the Ministry for legalizing cannabis and hemp without proper regulations and controls during the first day of the no-confidence debate today, July 19th.

Dr. Wayo Asawarungruang of the Move Forward Party began his discussion against the Minister, accusing him of causing social, diplomatic, tourism, and economic problems by decriminalizing marijuana without proper controls.

The MP also revealed footage of Anutin’s election campaign in 2019, vowing that the Bhumjaithai Party would allow the public to grow marijuana which can become their new source of income. Anutin stated during the campaign that cannabis would also be mixed with food or consumed and did not mention the medical purposes at all, according to Dr. Wayo’s statement.

Additionally, he also mentioned that the Minister allegedly intentionally created the current law-free period as the government implemented the decriminalization with no ministerial regulation or any subsidiary laws to regulate recreational use, causing significant public concern.

“After hearing public critics, Anutin, therefore, issued a deceitful announcement. But there are no practical and enforceable regulations. The Ministry only declared cannabis and hemp as controlled plants and prohibited smoking in public, selling to minors, and using against pregnant women,” the Move Forward MP added.

Several MPs from the oppositional parties, including Suthin Khlangsaeng of the Pheu Thai Party and Kuheng Yawohasan of the Prachachat Party, also attacked the Public Health Minister for similar statements, accusing him of causing damages to the public’s health and marijuana abuses, especially among teenagers and marijuana users who were reported hospitalized for using the plants at home without proper medical prescriptions.


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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.