Thailand to Recriminalize Cannabis

    Thailand to Recriminalize Cannabis
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    The Facts

    • Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin announced on Wednesday that the country will outlaw cannabis, having been the first Asian country to decriminalize the drug two years ago.

    • In a post on X, Srettha asked the country's health ministry to re-list the drug as a narcotic, with exceptions for medicinal use. Srettha's government had previously stated their intent to pass an anti-cannabis bill by the end of the year.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    Thailand's current drug panic is due to the government's failure to set up a proper regulatory regime rather than anything to do with the safety of cannabis itself. After opening thousands of businesses generating millions of dollars, shutting down the cannabis industry in Thailand is unlikely to end popular consumption, but will unnecessarily damage the country's economy.

    Right narrative

    Thailand is facing a surge in drug-related crimes, and the rapid and uncontrolled spread of cannabis is certainly a part of the equation. Existing laws were openly flouted in a way that placed children and the vulnerable at risk. Keeping the drug medically available to those that need it while banning recreational use is necessary for the maintenance of civil society.

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