The future of Thailand’s cannabis industry is up in the air as new legal challenges could bring it all to a halt. In response, country supporters are being mobilized to fight back in Bangkok today.
An order issued by Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health effectively removed cannabis from the country’s Category 5 drug list on June 9. Under these regulations, marijuana and hemp cultivation and commerce were legalized. Restaurants and cafes are allowed to sell cannabis-infused food and beverages, but only if they contain 0.2% or less THC. Products containing high levels of his THC are allowed, but only for medical purposes.
However, relations with the opposition did not work out and Thailand’s cannabis industry Accused of lack of basic controlsOpposition parties allege Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul violated local and international law by causing social problems in the country and issuing the decriminalization order. In response to mounting criticism, the Department of Public Health has issued a new ministerial order to better control the advertising and sale of cannabis flowers, but the law has yet to be implemented.
The Central Administrative Court on Monday accepted a lawsuit led by Thailand’s Medical Council’s Smith Srisongt and opposition MPs seeking to revoke the decriminalization order. Surizont He is a member of the Medical Council and president of the Thai Forensic Association. His lawsuit names Charnvirakul and the Narcotics Control Board (NCB) as co-defendants.
Political parties against cannabis include the Move Forward, Pheu Thai, Thai Liberal, Thai People Power, and Prachachat parties.
However, cannabis advocates in the region are not willing to accept the current legal challenge and are working hard to make their voices heard.
Cannabis advocates fight back
Chokwan “Kitty” Chopaka, one of Thailand’s top cannabis advocates, said on Facebook that she and other pharmacy owners could rally at noon on November 22 at Bangkok’s government buildings to end it all. announced that it will protest against the lawsuit.
“We stopped by various clinics around Sukhumvit to invite them to join us in tomorrow’s protests, and it went better than we expected. Any business threat can make people very active. I think there is.” Chopaka post on facebooktranslated from Thai.
“I apologize for not being able to personally invite all pharmacies. I would like to take this opportunity to invite all pharmacies to protest against the Drug Enforcement Commission once again criminalizing cannabis. That means all clinics could be closed.”
“People who don’t want their businesses to close. Those who don’t want to invest have disappeared. Those who don’t want to hide will grow again. Who wants to sell cannabis legally. Who doesn’t want to go back to piss testing. If you want to stay sexual, join us.”
ABC News is reporting About 200 people appeared To a rally at the Governor’s Mansion in Bangkok. “I want to make sure these politicians aren’t trying to put cannabis on the drug list again. Akraday Chakjinda, coordinator of Kanakin, a network of people with disabilities, told The Associated Press.
The proposed bill, the Cannabis Act, which would implement Anutin’s decriminalization policy, is set to be introduced to Congress on November 23.
Another advocate, Soranut “Beer” Masayavanich, said: Owner of Sukhumweed Pharmacyannounced that another group will meet at the Department of Public Health to discuss upcoming cannabis laws with Charnvirakul.
“We aim to develop a mutual understanding of the benefits that cannabis brings,” Beer said. said“We argue that decriminalization of cannabis will benefit several sectors, from tourism and the economy to agriculture.”
Opposition leaders say it would be better to put cannabis back on the country’s banned drug list until proper legislation is enacted.