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Thailand To Ban Recreational Use Of Marijuana By End Of Year

It will continue to allow its use for medical purposes.

Thailand has announced that it will ban the recreational use of marijuana by the end of this year, but continue allowing its use for medical purposes, the health minister told Reuters in an interview.

Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to decriminalise cannabis, initially for medicinal use in 2021, then for recreational use in 2022.

The move has spawned an industry projected to be worth up to $1.2 billion by next year, as tens of thousands of cannabis shops spring up along with marijuana-themed spas, restaurants and festivals.

Critics say piecemeal rules were rushed out and adopted within a week of decriminalisation.

Health Minister Cholnan Srikaew while referring specifically to recreational use, said

“Without the law to regulate cannabis it will be misused.

“The misuse of cannabis has a negative impact on Thai children.” 

Chioma Kalu

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