Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul criticized three political parties for not prioritizing the lives of the Thai people after voting disapproval of the Cannabis and Hemp Draft Bill on Wednesday, September 14th.
The Minister stated on Thursday, September 14th, that the voting disapproval from Pheu Thai, Democrat, and Phalang Pracharath parties was intended to delay the implementation which might not be in the time for this current parliament that ends in March 2023.
He also responded to Democrat MP Sathit Wongnongtoey’s allegation of the lax law that sections in the draft bill were added to 90 sections from 45 sections, so it was impossible to be considered loose.
“We only think about the people. We are not afraid nor worried about anything. Those who said that the draft bill is still loose and dangerous, they only thought for themselves. No one will know better than the Ministry of Public Health because sick people always come to the Ministry of Public Health,” The Minister stressed.
He reiterated that the Cannabis and Hemp Act will be finalized and implemented in the end under the support of the Ministry of Public Health and the Bhumjaithai Party.
When asked if marijuana would be recategorized as a narcotic drug following the withdrawal, Anutin said that it was impossible, “If there was a demand, the last person who needed to sign the approval is me and how would I let that happen?”
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