Thailand Government to Ban Recreational Use of Cannabis
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Thailand Government to Recriminalize the Recreational Use of Cannabis

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With local cannabis businesses booming following the decriminalization of the recreational use of cannabis in 2022, Thailand’s current Prime Minister declared the reversal of the policy by the end of this year.

Thailand being one of the first Asian countries to release a policy two years ago, the new government is moving ahead to pass new legislation to ban the recreational use of cannabis – limiting access to medical and health purposes only.

In a post shared by Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin on X (formerly Twitter), he expressed wanting a stricter approach to drug enforcement and demanded tangible results in narcotics suppression within 90 days. In line with this, he requested that the laws on drug possession be redefined in such a way that even the possession of a single pill would be considered a serious offense, thus intensifying enforcement efforts.

In September last year, the Prime Minister has spoken against the recreational use of the plant – saying it’s a “big problem for Thailand.” However, an earlier draft bill failed to win parliamentary approval in November.

Now, Thailand’s health ministry issued a draft bill outlining hefty fines or prison sentences of up to one year for offenders – after canvassing public opinion earlier this year.

As of writing, the exact timeline and required procedures for reclassifying cannabis as a narcotic remain undetermined.

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