- September 28 2023
Cannabis News - Thailand banning recreation use of weed soon?
Thailand became the first country in Asia to legalize cannabis for recreational use last year. However, the newly appointed Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has recently publicly opposed recreational cannabis and emphasized that the government is actively "rectifying" the current cannabis policy. The plan is to end recreational cannabis use within six months and focus on medical use. According to international media reports, Srettha and various political parties have reached a consensus, agreeing on the need to strengthen cannabis regulation. They intend to amend relevant laws within six months to prohibit the recreational use of cannabis. He stressed, "This law (allowing recreational cannabis use) needs to be rewritten, and this needs correction. We can only use it for medical purposes." He pointed out that recent problems related to drug abuse have increased, so the government will not compromise on recreational cannabis.
In June 2022, the Thai government opened the sale and consumption of cannabis extracts with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content not exceeding 0.2% for medical purposes but did not allow recreational use in public places. However, due to regulations that neither encouraged nor prohibited recreational cannabis use, coupled with unclear provisions for private settings, cannabis was being misused for non-medical purposes, leading to an increase in recreational use cases. It is understood that shortly after the government legalized cannabis, there were instances of people excessively using it, prompting official administrative orders to prohibit the sale of cannabis to pregnant women and individuals under 20 years of age.