Thailand decriminalizes cannabis

Thailand on Tuesday became the first country in Asia to approve the de facto decriminalization of cannabis, though authorities have left a grey area around its recreational use.

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced that the Narcotics Control Board had approved the dropping of cannabis from the ministry’s list of controlled drugs.

The delisting by the ministry’s Food and Drug Administration will now need to be formally signed by the health minister and enters into effect 120 days after its publication in the government gazette. It follows the removal of cannabis — a plant species to which both cannabis and hemp belong — last month from the list of illegal drugs under Thailand’s Narcotics Law.

Police and lawyers contacted by The Associated Press said it was unclear if possession of cannabis would no longer be an offense subject to arrest. A tangle of related laws means that production and possession of cannabis remains regulated for the time being, leaving the legal status of recreational cannabis use in a grey area.

Read more at apnews.com


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