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From Moto GP to Weed Fest, Buriram leads the way

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From Moto GP to Weed Fest, Buriram leads the way | The Thaiger

PHOTO: A Pan Ram supporter can’t wait for the ‘cannabis festival’ next month in Buriram province – Khaosod English

They pulled off the MotoGP event with flair and great organisation. Now Buriram is bracing for a very different crowd heading for the next big event. Taking advantage of the new liberalisation of laws governing marijuana and cannabis, the north-east festival hopes to bring together the many aspects of culture, opportunity and information.

Set to run three days at the F1 speedway in Buriram, “Pan Ram” expects to draw more than 20,000 daily attendees to celebrate ‘cannabis culture’ at the dawn of the legalization age.

The new pro-cannabis festival will feature everything from music and art to educational workshops and vendors selling, well we really have no idea.

Former political powerbroker Newin Chidchob, the man revered locally for delivering a world-class football stadium and racing circuit to what had been a neglected and impoverished rural province, is the man behind the new festival. Newin, now 60 and president of Buriram United FC, is throwing the ‘weed party’ together with several pro-marijuana advocates. Promotion of cannabis as a new cash crop in post-legalized Thailand is one of the central policies of the party he founded, Bhumjaithai.

The festival, a first for the northeastern region, aims to promote awareness and understanding of the plant which has been illegal since the Narcotics Act of 1979.

Marijuana is like a genie kept in the lamp a long time, and now it’s out. It’s our chance now to make use of it.

Clearly an advocate, Newin says he regards marijuana as a “nation-altering plant” and that legalisation will lead to saving lives and creating economic value.

The Bhumjaithai has even campaigned on allowing every household to grow six marijuana plants which could be sold to authorised agencies, something it says could generate over 420,000 baht income per year, per family.

Heading the project is his daughter, Chidchanok “Nan” Chidchob. She said the three day festival will welcome cannabis activists to lead talks and Rangsit University professors to host educational workshops on medical marijuana.

Nan says the event’s goal is to push for marijuana liberation and give everyone a “full-immersion experience” that covers all of marijuana’s benefits – economic, medical and recreational.

Pan Ram will run April 19-21 at the Chang International Circuit. The Formula 1 track is located in Buriram city, about 400 kilometers from Bangkok.

Tickets are listed at 420 baht per day, and 1,000 baht for all three days. More details will be announced at a later date. Those bringing valid medical certificates for one of the conditions that can now be legally treated with cannabis can enter free of charge.

The Thaiger does not condone or promote the use of marijuana or cannabis and provide this information for the entertainment and education of our readers.

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Surin train runs over homeless man

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Surin train runs over homeless man | The Thaiger

A homeless man has been killed after being hit by a passenger train in Surin’s main city district early today. Surin is north- east of Bangkok on the Cambodian border.

A policeman on duty at the Surin station was alerted at 5.48 am that the man, who police report appears to be in his 50s, was killed as the train left the station.

The Bangkok-Ubon Ratchathani train had stopped at the Surin Railway Station and the accident occurred while it was leaving the station for the next stop in its journey.

Police say the man was dragged by the train for about 30 metres before the train was stopped. The body was sent for an autopsy at Surin Hospital.

The policeman stationed at the station says he had frequently seen the homeless man walking along the tracks.

SOURCE: The Nation

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Plastic waste fire smothers village in acrid smoke

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Plastic waste fire smothers village in acrid smoke | The Thaiger

by Prasit Tangprasert

Firefighters are struggling to control a major fire at a plastic waste-separating factory in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Noen Sung district which began on Wednesday afternoon and is still not completely completely extinguished. Nakhon Ratchasima is the gateway to the north-east, heading out of Bangkok.

Villagers in Ban Don Ree and Ban Som say they are worried about the health impact from the acrid smoke. Some residents have already moved to stay elsewhere.

Disaster Prevention and Mitigation officials are investigating to determine the cause of the fire.

The fire broke out at around 3pm on Wednesday at the abandoned plastic waste factory in Ban Don Ree in Tambon Don Chomphu where hundreds of tonnes of plastic waste were ignited.

Over 10 fire engines responded to the factory, which was abandoned nearly a decade ago as the previous owner reportedly faced a bankruptcy lawsuit and the property was passed onto a bank.

Plastic waste fire smothers village in acrid smoke | News by The Thaiger

SOURCE: The Nation

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PM concerned over public safety in northern areas because of tropical storm warnings

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PM concerned over public safety in northern areas because of tropical storm warnings | The Thaiger

Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he’s concerned over public safety in risk areas of tropical storms that have been forecast for the northern regions up until next Tuesday.

He’s instructed all authorities to promptly take preventive and relief measures against potential damage.

Deputy government spokesman Lt. Gen. Werachon Sukondhapatipak says the PM is concerned over the welfare and safety of people in risk areas of tropical storms expected in the upper parts of Thailand during the period March 14 and March 19.

Tropical storms are expected to begin to gather in the northeastern and eastern regions of the country and to prevail over the northern and central regions and Bangkok and outlying provinces at a later date.

The PM called on villagers to closely follow the radio news about the advice of the authorities such as the Meteorological Department.

The villagers are advised to refrain from being in open space or under big trees or instable signboards or buildings. Farmers were advised to brace for possible damage to their farm goods.

In addition, the premier instructed the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the armed forces to continually monitor the situation and alert the villagers in risk areas of tropical storms and to prepare plans for preventive and relief measures in prompt manner.

The weather for the southern part of the country, including the Andaman Coast, is for some potential thunderstorms but mostly fine, according to the Thai Meteorological Department.


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