Pushback against Thailand’s decision to legalise cannabis

Pethlanna Organic Farm owner Ong-ard Panyachatiraksa, a cannabis cultivator supplying hospitals with the plant for medical use. PHOTO: COURTESY OF MR ONG-ARD PANYACHATIRAKSA
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BANGKOK - Thailand's move to legalise cannabis before putting proper guardrails against its abuse has elicited a pushback from various quarters, ranging from child welfare groups to medical bodies, which warn that marijuana use is not suitable for everyone and can impact the nervous system, liver and mental health.

Cannabis was removed from the narcotics list on June 9, and it is no longer illegal to grow or possess the plant for commercial or personal medical use in Thailand.

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