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Public hearing on growing ganja at home begins today

 

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Picture: Daily News

 

They are pictures that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. 

 

A deputy prime minister and health minister smiling, admiring and pointing at marihuana plants in Thailand. And proclaiming his intention to ease restrictions on the private growing of cannabis and even large scale farming for the pharmaceutical sector. 

 

The man in the pictures is Anutin Charnvirakul who has received negative press during the coronavirus pandemic after his comments about foreigners and masks. Anutin - a billionaire who was welcomed into the cabinet as leader of the Bhumjaithai party - rode into power on an election platform of easing restrictions surrounding the growing and use of ganja. 

 

Billboards with ganja leafs were erected throughout the kingdom as his party sought to gain political traction by promoting the plant as a cash crop and suggesting that private individuals could grow up to six plants for their own use. 

 

Now, after the coronavirus pandemic seems to have put the issue on the back foot for the past few months, the issue is once again front and center in the public eye. 

 

Daily News reported that a public hearing is underway today to press ahead with the next stage in the legalization progress of a drug that hitherto has seen users fined and producers and smugglers jailed for lengthy terms for transgressions. 

 

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Some cannabis based medications are already legally available but the issue of the private growing of cannabis is now on the table.

 

In this stage opinions are being sought with regard to two areas. Firstly, it is to allow those who have medical conditions and who have received doctor's certificates the right to grow cannabis for their own use. 

 

Secondly, it is to allow farmers to have the right to grow cannabis for supply to the pharmaceutical industry and Thai hospitals, herbalists and local doctors so that it can be prescribed for medical reasons. 

 

The public hearing is a collaboration of the public health ministry and the food and drug administration in line with government policy. Comments regarding the issue can be left on the latter's website from now until June 9th after which the next stage of deliberations will take place. 

 

Anutin was at pains to stress that he is following regulations in seeking the law changes necessary so that the private growing of the drug and full scale farming can take place thus bringing a welcome cash boost to farmers.

 

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Picture: Daily News

 

His campaign pledge promised that ALL Thais could grow six plants. The Daily News story contained no reference to the wishes of many that ganja could possibly be legalized and even grown by the public for more widespread recreational use in the future. 

 

This may or may not be something that will be raised in public forums in the future, notes Thaivisa. 

 

Source: Daily News

 

 

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

 

The man in the pictures is Anutin Charnvirakul who has received negative press during the coronavirus pandemic after his comments about foreigners and masks

 

Just wait for him to be praised to heaven by the usual suspects here, when he takes a positive stance on drugs.

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3 minutes ago, Susco said:

 

Just wait for him to be praised to heaven by the usual suspects here, when he takes a positive stance on drugs.

There is no way anyone will stand behind this guy. Maybe he is backing something ok, but he is still not ok.

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4 minutes ago, holy cow cm said:

9ft plants with barely any flowers? They say so all Thai can grow and use it who has a condition, but in all honesty it needs to cover all people who have some sort of condition i.e. high blood pressure glaucoma, anxiety etc. 

Well their list of conditions for the oil was quite extensive so hopefully this carries over to growing flowers.

I think they have to do something soon anyway as there are decent indoor grows popping up all over the place, so the government are losing out on money.

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