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Tourism and health officials plan to launch “medical cannabis tour” next year

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A tour of medical cannabis at plantations across Thailand is in the works. While the tours could potentially be open to tourists, officials say the tour is for educational purposes and will first be for those interested in starting grow operations. The Public Health Ministry along with the Tourism and Sports Ministry plan to launch the tour next year. It would be the first “medical cannabis tour” in Southeast Asia.

Tourism and Sports minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn says the tour will be aimed to educate people about the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Thailand’s Tourism Department is working with the Thai Traditional Alternative Medicine Department to potentially promote the tour routes for medical tourism.

“In the early stages, the programme aims to educate locals who would like to form a community enterprise and bid to become authorised cannabis growers. This programme will pave the way for a basic understanding of marijuana and its economic benefits.”

Cannabis for recreational use is still illegal. Thailand legalised cannabis for medical use in 2018, becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to do so. Only state agencies and those approved by the government are allowed to grow cannabis for medical purposes.

There are now cannabis plantations in 8 provinces: Mae Hong Song, Lampang, Samut Songkhram, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Phatthalung and Chon Buri.

“We should consider marijuana as a legacy from the past worth preserving. Thais have used this plant as medicine since the King Narai era…Its medicinal properties were later verified by modern research.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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    William

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    Only state agencies and those approved by the government are allowed to grow cannabis for medical purposes.

    No I disagree With this… there are a lot more people growing it and no one stopping them. Which i guess means it’s being allowed also.

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 3:40 pm

      You “guess” wrong!

      Plenty of people here drive on the wrong side of the road or the wrong way down one-way streets and get away with it. That doesn’t mean it’s “allowed” – just that they get away with it.

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        preesy chepuce

        Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 9:34 pm

        I hope my mother-in-law gets into this, after all, she has thruck all to lose.

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    This new tolerance will be a good excuse for people to use cannabis.
    They can quote when caught. It’s alright I’m sick.”
    However Thais seem to prefer other drugs, such as yabba.

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      preesy chepuce

      Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 9:35 pm

      You seem to have an opinion about everything, Toby. Which substance do you reckon would most improve Thai government decision-making, Toby?

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        Toby Andrews

        Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 10:54 am

        Cyanide.

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          Preesy Chepuce

          Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 9:19 pm

          😀

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    Patrick Kelly

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm

    The government needs whatever substance cures Paranoia! The Wuhan Virus has them shook.

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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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Police arrest man suspected of producing ketamine drug cocktail linked to 11 deaths

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In the ongoing investigation into the ketamine-based drug cocktail linked to 11 deaths in Bangkok, police arrested a man who allegedly mixed large amounts of narcotics to make the drug cocktail known as “K powdered milk.” Police say the cocktail is ketamine mixed with methamphetamine, heroin and pharmaceutical pills for anxiety and sleeping.

38 year old Taiwan national Chou Yi Sen, aka “Lupin Taiwan,” was arrested yesterday after police raided his condominium in Bangkok’s Ratchathewi district. Chou allegedly admitted to mixing the drugs to make “K powdered milk” and police say the formulas for the drug mixture were found on his cell phone.

Earlier this month, 11 people died after taking the drug cocktail. The Bangkok Post says dozens more people are still in the hospital after taking the “K powdered milk.” Police have arrested numerous suspected drug dealers who ran small scale and large scale operations.

Chou allegedly ran the drug operation from various locations in Bangkok, selling the drugs overseas using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin as well as to buyers in Thailand. Police also searched Chou’s rooms at other condominium the Huai Khawang, Wang Thong Lang and Klong Toey districts, seizing a variety of illicit drugs and equipment as well as a pistol with 8 bullets.

Altogether, police seized 4 kilograms of ketamine, 376 ecstasy pills, 4 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, 8 kilograms of heroin, 48 LSD tabs, 11.6 grams of cocaine, 2 bottles of Dormicum sleeping pills and 265 Five Five sleeping pills. Police say they also seized 2 plastic sealing machines, 2 mixers that appeared to have drug-like residue and 2 digital scales.

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Police in Bangkok arrested 3 people for allegedly making cannabis cookies and selling them through the messaging application LINE under a chat group called “The Hippy Cookie.” Police raided a condominium room in the Bang Na district and seized 13 “foreign types” of cannabis, 46 food products made with cannabis and 3 types of hallucinogenic mushrooms.

Using the LINE messaging app, the suspects allegedly sold cannabis and cannabis food products. The suspects allegedly sent the cannabis to buyers using a food delivery service.

An investigator joined the chat group and posed as a buyer, ordering 5 grams of cannabis for 3,500 baht. When the cannabis was sent through the food delivery service, police asked the driver to return the package to the suspects. Police say a suspect came down to receive the returned package. Investigators then searched the suspect’s condominium room.

One of the female suspects allegedly told the police that she used to sell cookies (regular cookies), adding that she has an interest in cannabis. She then studied how to make cannabis cookies and contact cannabis suppliers in Thailand before starting the illegal business with her boyfriend and a friend. She allegedly told police she started the business a year ago and has more than 100 regular customers.

The suspects were charged with illegally processing and distributing narcotic drugs. Parts of the cannabis plant with high amounts of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, such as the buds, are still classified in Thailand as a Category 5 narcotic.

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Twin sons of a Thai police officer have been arrested and charged with trafficking methamphetamine, according to Thai-language daily Matichon. The arrests were made yesterday.

Thai army and border patrol Police stopped a car driven by the two 20 year old twins at a routine checkpoint in western Thailand. A routine search of the vehicle uncovered 2,000 methamphetamine tables in 4 separate containers.

The twins told police that a Burmese person told him to fetch the drugs from the Phaya Tongsoo Village in Myanmar, just across the border from the Sangkhlaburi district in Kanchanburi A Burmese man later took one of the twins across the border to a temple, where he received 2,000 methamphetamine pills.

The father of the twins is a Thai police officer who had served in Sangkhla Buri and Thong Phapoom districts in Kanchanaburi. He is now working at the Office of Police Region 9, accord to Matichon News.

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