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Prayut puts medical marijuana farm on hold

By The Nation

 

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File photo: Narcotics Suppression Bureau holds press conference last year to announce the seizure of 1.1 tonne of dried marijuana.

 

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has put a brake on an idea to build the first legal cannabis plantation in Thailand, saying more study is needed.

 

The premier responded to a move by farmers’ association chairman Prapat Panyachartraksa, who told the media this week that authorities had agreed to build a 5,000-rai (800-hectare) facility in Sakon Nakhon province to grow the cannabis for medical purposes.

 

“I have never known about that. I asked Piyasakon [Sakolsattayatorn, Public Health Minister] and he said there are no regulations issued to allow it,” Prayut said after a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

 

Although marijuana can be grown and sold legally in some countries for medical purposes, Thailand needs tough measures to prevent the spread out of any kind of drug, he said.

 

“For the time being, permission for planting cannabis is unacceptable for Thais, so we need further study,” he said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30336455

 
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So after yesterday' announcement....someone whispered in his ear.....and it was very likely a farm of his associates as I just could not see him allowing some poor rice farmer to grow dope!

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2 hours ago, toughlove said:


“For the time being, permission for planting cannabis is unacceptable for Thais "

Why?

He means himself...not Thais.

 

But that distinction is a mere distraction so why worry? 

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He's right to pan it, probably completely unplanned and unnecessary. if they want to study for medicinal use then they need to look at how they are going to go about doing the studies before just planting a crop. in the UK there's a plantation run by GW Pharma next to research facilities on MOD property in Kent. Has been going donkeys years. Almost not worth them starting the studies here now, most countries started their studies decades ago. They can just go off research from the west like they have to do with 99% of medical products used in Thailand. Basically, it would be a waste of time and money IMO

**once they approve some products for use here that have been OK'd in the west, then they can either buy the products abroad or once out of licence make their own generics, that would be the time for them to start growing, that's a long way off especially under the current government i reckon

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2 hours ago, ChrisY1 said:

So after yesterday' announcement....someone whispered in his ear.....and it was very likely a farm of his associates as I just could not see him allowing some poor rice farmer to grow dope!

A cash crop like that in the hands of farmers will tip the scales of wealth in their favor. People with wealth can afford education and education leads to exercising rights.  The farmers would then have ambition, but those who smoked the product would not.  Thais with even less curiosity and ambition would be a problem. 

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3 hours ago, webfact said:

“For the time being, permission for planting cannabis is unacceptable for Thais, so we need further study,” he said.

May we as foreigners do it then ?

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Although marijuana can be grown and sold legally in some countries for medical purposes, Thailand needs tough measures to prevent the spread out of any kind of drug, he said.

A lot of "illegal" drugs have medicinal properties and are used in the pharmaceutical industry.

 

Marijuana is no where near as dangerous as some of them.

 

Ridiculous not to grow it for medicinal purposes.

 

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has put a brake on an idea to build the first legal cannabis plantation in Thailand, saying more study is needed.

I hope he means more testing is needed. Maybe that helps him to calm down and concentrate on writing poems, heroic scripts for soap operas, and patriotic songs. 

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4 hours ago, robblok said:

What a fossil, countries all over the world are legalizing it and its certainly far less harmful to people as alcohol. 

and smoking cigarettes

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A cash crop like that in the hands of farmers will tip the scales of wealth in their favor. People with wealth can afford education and education leads to exercising rights.  The farmers would then have ambition, but those who smoked the product would not.  Thais with even less curiosity and ambition would be a problem. 
Exactly. Usually I don't believe in conspiracies but the pharmaceutical industry has a huge interest to keep hemp illegal.
Another example, why do you think there are only a handful of breweries in Thailand and producing craft beer is declared illegal? Lobbyism at it's best
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