ID soon required to buy cannabis

ID soon required to buy cannabis

Thai nationals seeking to purchase cannabis buds will soon have to show their ID cards, with sales information recorded on a government database.

It is not known whether foreigners seeking to buy cannabis buds will have to show ID such as a passport.

The requirement is the latest in a series of ad hoc regulations issued since cannabis was decriminalised in June last year. A law to regulate the sector is still before Parliament and might not be passed before the election later this year.

Under the new rule, the Department for the Development of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine (DTAM) said registered shops would be required to submit reports on sales and purchases to the department.

Vendors will be able to insert the ID cards of buyers into a device linked with the department’s system. If they fail to submit their reports to the department, their licences would be revoked, DTAM said.

So far, more than 7,000 shops have sought permission to sell cannabis buds.

The main aim of cannabis decriminalisation, authorities have stressed, is to promote medicinal uses and create economic opportunities for people growing and processing the plant. But recreational use has exploded, which appears to have caught the government by surprise.

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  • ad hoc: done only when needed for a specific purpose, without planning or preparation - เกี่ยวกับสิ่งนี้โดยเฉพาะ
  • bud (n): a small part of a plant that develops into a flower or leaf -
  • decriminalise: make not criminal, so that people can do activity without breaking the law -
  • device (noun): a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job - อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
  • economic (adj): connected with the trade, industry and development of wealth of a country, an area or a society - เกี่ยวกับเศรษฐกิจ, ในทางเศรษฐศาสตร์
  • explode: increase to a very large amount quickly -
  • parliament: the group of people who are elected to make and change the laws of a country; the building where members of parliament meet. - รัฐสภา
  • permission: allowing someone to do something - การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม
  • recreational: involving enjoyment - เกี่ยวการสันทนาการ
  • regulations: official rules that control the way things are done - ระเบียบ ข้อบังคับ
  • submit: to formally give something to someone so that can make a decision about it - ยื่น (เอกสาร) เพื่อการพิจารณา
  • vendors: people who sell things, e.g., food or newspapers, usually outside on the street - พ่อค้าแม่่ค้าหาบแร่แผงลอย
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