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Man arrested for growing 108 cannabis plants in Samut Prakan

Caitlin Ashworth



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Police arrested an Argentinian man for growing cannabis at his house in Samut Prakan, just southeast of Bangkok. 35 year old Sagas Nur told police he planned to produce cannabis oil.

Medical marijuana is legalised – with limitations – while recreational marijuana is still classified as a category 5 narcotic. Sagas is facing charges of producing a category 5 narcotic. He could face 2 to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to 1,500,000 baht.

Police were tipped off about Sagas’ alleged growing operation. They searched the house and say they found 108 cannabis plants that were about 1.5 metre high. Sagas allegedly told police he bought the seeds online with the intention to grow plants and then produce cannabis oil.

Thailand legalised medical marijuana in 2018, becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to do so. Recreational marijuana trafficking and operations continue to be busted by police while the government studies medical marijuana with plans to tap into the global market. The Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul even helped plant cannabis seedlings at a government-run facility with 1,300 plants.

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | South China Morning Post

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 4:01 pm

    Announced a police captain while giggling uncontrollably.

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    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Hmmm, why did he not registered as hemp oil producer then? I mean, I am 100% pro cannabis but it that is the rule, better stick with it…

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    James Pate

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    From Argentina? Dude should have stayed home or, moved nextdoor to Uruguay where weed is legal. Why on earth would he admit to wanting to make oil? I could think of 100 better excuses.

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    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    That is the reason of stopping visa grace period. Deport bad apples.

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    Open Minded Man

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 6:30 am

    It is only a plant. It has been a part of Nature for millions of years. What gives humans the right to “ban” a plant ??

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    Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 6:55 am

    While officials weigh the pros and cons of marijuana, two fact remains indisputable; marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and prisons are full of people for the possession and personal use of marijuana. It’s time for the international decriminalization of marijuana.

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    Issan John

    Friday, October 23, 2020 at 2:55 pm

    So where’s his GoFundMe page and all the cries for his support and that he’s been set up … ?

    Oh, of course …. he’s a 35 year old Argentinian man, not a 21 year old, pretty, young, white South African girl …

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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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