Minister signs bill banning recreational use of weed

Public Health Minister Cholnan Srikaew has signed proposed legislation regarding cannabis, emphasising that it cannot be used for recreational purposes.

"The new law will clearly stipulate that cannabis must be used for medical purposes only. It will also encourage the use of cannabis for a range of health benefits," Dr Cholnan said on Saturday.

"Regarding the using of cannabis for recreational purposes, there will be a clear measure to control and prevent this.

"The measure may come in the form of a ministerial regulation passed by the cabinet, or from a panel," he said.

If the cabinet approves the principle of the bill, it will be submitted to the Lower House for consideration.

"Whether the buying of cannabis will require a medical certificate or not has not been included in the bill just yet," he said.

Asked about cannabis stores, Dr Cholnan said there have been no laws set to revoke licences for running legally-registered stores. But once the law is put in place, cannabis stores must sell only the parts of the cannabis plant that are deemed legal in Thailand.

Under the Narcotics Code, only products containing over 0.2% THC [tetrahydrocannabinol -- cannabis' main psychoactive agent] by weight will be considered illegal.

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  • bill: a proposal for a law - ร่างกฎหมาย
  • cabinet: the group of government ministers who make and approve government policy - คณะรัฐมนตรี
  • certificate: an official document or record stating that particular facts are true - ประกาศนียบัตร เกียรติบัตร
  • consideration: giving careful thought to something before making a decision - การคิดพิจารณา
  • deemed: considered - เห็นว่า ถือว่า
  • encourage: to cause someone to want to do something - กระตุ้น ให้การสนับสนุน
  • licence: an official document that gives someone permission to do or use something - ใบอนุญาต
  • Lower House: House of Representatives - สภาผู้แทนราษฎร
  • medical: connected with illness and injury and their treatment - ทางการแพทย์, ด้านการแพทย์, เกี่ยวกับการแพทย์
  • ministerial: involving government ministers - ระดับรัฐมนตรี
  • panel: a group of people who make decisions or judgments - คณะกรรมการ
  • principle: a basic idea or rule that explains or controls how something happens or works - ทฤษฎี, ข้อปฏิบัติ, หลักปฏิบัติ
  • recreational: involving enjoyment - เกี่ยวการสันทนาการ
  • revoke: to officially say that something is no longer legal - เพิกถอน
  • stipulate: to state exactly how something must be or must be done - ระบุ, ระบุเงื่อนไข
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