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Thailand becomes more cannabis-friendly after leaves removed from narcotics list

Caitlin Ashworth

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With cannabis leaves now off Thailand’s narcotics list, the once taboo and criminalised plant is making its way into daily life in Thailand. Since the government decision in December to remove certain parts of the cannabis plant from the narcotics list, Thailand’s first cannabis cafe “Taste of Ganja” opened in Prachin Buri and another called “420 Cannabis Bar” just opened in Bangkok. The Bangkok dessert shop Kanom Siam also announced it was adding a special ingredient to its pandan coconut Thai pancakes… cannabis.

The Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine is even encouraging the public to use the plant… as long as it has very low traces of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The plant’s THC-rich buds are still illegal.

The department recently held a 2-day informational event at the Museum of Public Health and Medicine in Nonthaburi, just outside Bangkok, to educate people about the various uses of cannabis… and probably not the uses you’re thinking of. There were no tips on how to make a gravity bong out of household products or how to make cannabis butter for magic brownies. Tips were more like how to use the plant’s stems and fibre to manufacture textiles and paper as well as how to use the leaves to make cannabis tea.

Some are using the cannabis leaves in foods. The leaves have very low traces of THC and won’t cause a “high.” At the Taste of Ganja, people can munch on deep fried cannabis leaves and stir fried meat with basil and cannabis leaves. The cafe is affiliated with Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital which opened Thailand’s first medical cannabis clinic in 2019.

The 420 Cannabis Bar offers cannabis teas and drinks with names like Stoner Plummer, which is made with plum soda, and Herbs Party, which is tea made with lemon. Prices range from around 125 baht to 145 baht. The bar also serves Fly High Cookies and Happy Brownies for 180 baht. Despite the names, the food and drinks won’t get you stoned.

Cannabis buds are still classified as a Category 5 narcotic with fairly harsh penalties. Police are continuously cracking down on the illegal marijuana trade. Just over the weekend, officers seized 484 kilograms of dried, compacted cannabis, commonly known as “brick weed,” in a bust by the Mekong River in the Isaan province Nakhon Phanom, which borders Laos.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post| Coconuts Bangkok

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    Rip255

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 12:15 pm

    Find me a stoner that likes leaf. Its an insult to potheads worldwide.

    Since I don’t like being a criminal either, I just buy the 1:1 thc/cbd oil made by the government pharmacuticals division.

    Its a ripoff but at least I have a script.

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      Das

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 5:57 pm

      I like leaf and have been smoking full-time for 25-30 years. I smoke it to get a mild buzz and still function. I smoke bud when I don’t need to do anything.

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    Konstantin

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Another step down to degradation.

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    Ynwaps

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    I don’t thibk you’re going to impress anyone with brick weed busts and Thai “Coffee shops” boiling leftover plant material. At least we don’t need to worry about farmers burning the leaves.

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    Fred glue

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    So that’s what is wrong with our issan (prime minister) John. 🤺🤺

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      Pedro

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 6:09 pm

      I thought he suffered from the ‘Dunning Kruger Effect’, which is a is a hypothetical cognitive bias stating that people with low ability at a task or knowledge overestimate their ability to successfully complete the task or know what they are talking about. The bias results from an internal illusion in people of low ability, but your theory sounds more likely. No doubt he will tell us we are wrong, thus proving we are right………

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        Bill

        Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:48 pm

        Sounds more like the ‘pedro effect’ to me, which is an idiot comment that makes no sense resulting from a bias that leads to an illusion thus proving we are correct.

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          Pedro

          Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:56 pm

          Spot on Bill

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          Pedro

          Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:58 pm

          However, the Dunning Kruger model is real whereas the Pedro Effect only is pure imagination

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      James R

      Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7:44 pm

      Fred glue

      I had to laugh out loud. 🤣

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    jess monroe

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    180 baht a cookie, what a rip off. Can see covid hasnt stopped some thais from over changing. Shit Wouldn’t get changed that much back home in australia and that’s expensive.

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    Bobby B

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:33 pm

    Don’t tell me that this will not lead to a few shops bending the rules and regulations, and offering the “good stuff”. What Thailand doesn’t need right now is people turning into potheads, and smoking up there last earned bath.

    I’ve never been “stoned” and quite happy with that.

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      Ynwaps

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      Then your opinion is obviously biased. Which is fine 😃

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    Jim kelly

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    yeah, what’s worse before you climb back into your Hilux VIGO; a cannabis choco bar or half a bottle of Regency?

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    Ian

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Jim go to issan they are mostly pissed driving anyway so add this and well lots more dead people but what the fu.. does this government care the people are just numbers no sleepless nights for them unless they are still up counting thier ill gotten gains

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    James Pate

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 5:54 am

    If liberalizing weed steers young people away from meth and other serious drugs, then I am for it. Personally, I have no interest in this stuff, but I’d rather deal with stoners than tweakers and drunks anyday.

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      Ynwaps

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      At least a stoner will stop when he runs me over at a traffic light

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        James Pate

        Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:47 pm

        Ynwaps: No. A stoner is more likely to stop at the light 5 meters before he’s supposed to stop.

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    dispensed

    Friday, February 19, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Thais have shown great wisdom in moving to legalize ganja. Hopefully they don’t stop at the leaf!

    Sadly, tourists can’t come to Thailand anymore to enjoy this.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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The Thai PM, Prayut Chan-o-cha has defended police action against protesters taking part in Sunday’s anti-government rally in Bangkok. Officers from the Metropolitan Police Bureau used tear gas, water cannon and rubber bullets in an effort to drive protesters back from the PM’s residence at the 1st Infantry Regiment barracks, King’s Guard. The PM insists the actions were in line with international standards.

“I insist the crowd-control measures were in accordance with international standards and police did not violate the protesters’ rights.”

The PM has also criticised some media outlets for their reporting of the rally, claiming they only focused on officers’ use of force against protesters. 33 people were injured at the rally – 23 police officers and 10 protesters. One police officer, named in a Bangkok Post report as Wiwat Sinprasert, died of heart failure. 22 protesters have been arrested, 4 of whom are minors who will have their cases heard in the Central Juvenile and Family Court.

Phukphong Phongpetra from the MPB says the use of rubber bullets was necessary in order to stop things getting out of control. He says protesters also gathered outside Din Daeng and Suthisarn police stations, where they set fire to police cars. He claims 90 officers were injured in the clashes, with 27 receiving hospital treatment.

National police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk says the measures used by police were not aimed at dispersing protesters, but rather to arrest anyone using violence against officers. He claims this latest protest was different to others, in that some activists kicked things off by attacking police officers.

“We’ve discussed it several times that we will enforce the laws where necessary. If the protesters didn’t harm officers or destroy barriers, we wouldn’t have had to act. And the protesters, they were unable to control each other.”

Opposition politicians have slammed the measures used against protesters, with Rangsiman Rome from the Move Forward Party claiming police fired rubber bullets at random and not at any particular targets.

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Coming up today… the fallout from yesterday’s latest protest violence in Bangkok, the first vaccine in Thailand who got it, and a major drug haul along the Mekong.

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Nearly 300 cats, many in wire cages, were found in 2 recently abandoned home shelters in Bangkok. Some cats were found dead and an animal activist who rescued the cats says the homes were filthy and smelled of cat feces.

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