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Decriminalising cannabis: Thailand needs to act fast to enact stronger laws on its use

Vendors sell strains of cannabis at the “Thailand 420: Legalaew!” weekend on June 11, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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BANGKOK - The nearly total decriminalisation of cannabis and the resulting buying frenzy and backlash have taken centre stage in Thailand for weeks, with the authorities rushing to enact piecemeal laws to temporarily close the current legislation gap on the plant.

And to prevent further fallout, industry experts as well as medical professionals have urged the authorities to act fast in implementing the delayed Cannabis and Hemp Bill that is meant to regulate the use and possession of cannabis.

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