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420 Users in Thailand Go Crazy After Cannabis Decriminalization

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The Health Department in Thailand has swiftly issued a number of amendments to regulations for 420 marijuana (cannabis) use after deregulation.

This week, Thailand’s long-planned decriminalization of cannabis and hemp raised alarm at the potential for unchecked use of weed anywhere and by anyone – including young children.

On June 9, Thailand became the first country in Asia to legalize the growing and consumption of cannabis in food and drinks.

Businesses began selling marijuana openly to 420 users, including strains called “Amnesia” and “Night Nurse”.

Bangkok city official Wantanee Wattana expressed concern about the rapid rise in cannabis sales this week, saying that at least one person died and several were hospitalized.

There are drafts of a marijuana bill making its way through parliament, however, it could take months to become law.

Earlier this week, the head of the Anti-Corruption Organization (Thailand), Mana Nimitmongkol, lamented the lack of control measures.

To try to bring some order to weed use, the central government announced piecemeal rules this week.

Cannabis Decriminalization

Smoking Cannabis in Public Banned

According to the new regulations, marijuana smoking in public is now prohibited, as is the sale of marijuana to people under the age of 20, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers. A Royal Gazette announcement was made overnight about the rules.

Cannabis was also banned from schools, retailers were required to provide clear information on the use of cannabis in food and drinks, and a health law defined marijuana smoke as a public nuisance punishable by jail and fine.

According to critics, the government rushed to remove marijuana’s criminal penalties before passing a law to regulate the substance.

Minister of health Anutin Charnvirakul has defended Thailand’s approach to legalizing weed.

In a speech at Government House on Friday, Anutin said, “We legalized cannabis for medical use and for health.”

“Uses beyond this are inappropriate… and we need laws to control them,” he said.

Austin’s Bhumjaithai Party campaigned for marijuana legalization ahead of the 2019 election.

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