No weed hub at Khao San Rd

No weed hub at Khao San Rd

Pedestrians on Khao San Road on Saturday. Foreign tourist arrivals into Thailand are set to beat official forecasts with the lifting of pandemic-era restrictions. (Bloomberg photo)
Pedestrians on Khao San Road on Saturday. Foreign tourist arrivals into Thailand are set to beat official forecasts with the lifting of pandemic-era restrictions. (Bloomberg photo)

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has firmly rejected calls from business owners to turn Khao San Road into Thailand's cannabis hub.

Deputy Bangkok governor Jakkapan Phiewngam said Khao San Road is unlikely to be Thailand's cannabis hub as many schools and temples are located in its vicinity.

Furthermore, he said, only the Public Health Ministry can regulate the cannabis trade, not the BMA.

Mr Jakkapan said the nation's image may suffer if Khao San Road is turned into a cannabis hub.

At present, vendors and stall owners wishing to sell cannabis-based products are required to register them with their local district offices.

Governor Chadchart Sittipunt also expressed his concerns about cannabis promotion in the city, saying viral videos showing vendors openly selling may harm the city's reputation.

He warned the public that recreational use is still illegal in Thailand.

The President of the Khao San Road Businesses Association said the government should not miss the opportunity to use cannabis to promote tourism.

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Vocabulary

  • governor: a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province or a government agency - ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด
  • harm (verb): to cause damage to someone/something - ทำร้าย, ทำอันตราย, ทำลาย
  • hub: the central and most important part of a particular place or activity - จุดศูนย์กลาง, จุดรวม
  • illegal: against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
  • image: an opinion that people have about someone or something - ภาพลักษณ์
  • promotion: activities done in order to increase the attendance at an event or sales of a product or service - การส่งเสริม
  • recreational: involving enjoyment - เกี่ยวการสันทนาการ
  • register: to put your name and other information on an official list in order to be allowed to do something, e.g., vote, study, stay in a hotel etc - ลงทะเบียน
  • regulate: to control an activity officially by using rules - ควบคุม
  • vendors: people who sell things, e.g., food or newspapers, usually outside on the street - พ่อค้าแม่่ค้าหาบแร่แผงลอย
  • vicinity: an area near a particular place - บริเวณใกลเคียง
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