Thailand News Today | Cannabis bill paused for public discourse, Ex-PM Thaksin to be released from jail early

Thailand’s jailed former Prime Minister is set to be released from prison early

Thailand’s former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a pivotal figure in the country’s political landscape, is set to be released from prison following parole approval, just six months after ending his 15-year self-imposed exile. His return and subsequent sentencing to eight years for charges including corruption, which was later reduced to one year by King Maha Vajiralongkorn, mark a significant chapter in Thailand’s political history. Thaksin, known for his popularity among the rural and working-class despite opposition from elites, led the country from 2001 until his 2006 ousting in a coup. Eligible for parole due to his age and health, his imminent release underscores the enduring impact of his political legacy and the complex dynamics of Thai politics.


Public discourse over the future of cannabis in the land of smiles is set to take center stage

The push for cannabis decriminalisation in Thailand experienced a setback on February 13 as the Ministry of Public Health paused the process for further public dialogue and review. Initially aimed at medical rather than recreational use, the draft bill’s ambiguity over recreational use and the proposed hefty penalty for such use have sparked controversy. Despite this, there’s broad consensus on the need for regulation, especially to prevent illegal imports and monopolization by foreign entities. The delay in legislation, ongoing for nearly two years, raises concerns over continued ambiguity in cannabis laws. Meanwhile, pro-cannabis activists propose an alternative bill emphasizing private recreational use but maintaining public restrictions, aiming for a compromise that could avoid legal disputes and ensure regulatory compliance and tax revenue. The situation underscores the complex debate over cannabis regulation in Thailand, highlighting the challenges of balancing public health, law enforcement, and the cannabis industry’s interests.

A political activist in Thailand is facing legal ramifications after her involvement in protesting royal motorcades

Tantawan Tuatulanon, a 22-year-old Thai activist, has faced legal challenges following her involvement in a series of incidents critiquing royal motorcades. Initially garnering attention for honking at a royal motorcade on February 4, she escalated her activism by conducting public opinion polls on February 10 and a previous one on February 8, 2022, regarding the impact of royal motorcades on traffic. A notable incident involved her and a companion honking at HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s motorcade, an act captured in a video that suggested an attempt to merge into the motorcade’s lane rather than disrupt it. Tantawan’s political engagement began during the COVID-19 pandemic, influenced by the dissolution of the Future Forward Party and her participation in various activist groups. She has been accused of violating Thailand’s lese majeste law, leading to her detention and a significant hunger strike, highlighting her deep involvement in advocating for political change in Thailand.

Vintage vehicles are taking Thailand by storm

Classic car culture represents a global phenomenon that transcends mere hobbyism, embodying a journey through the technological and design evolution of the automotive world. This culture has burgeoned from its modest origins into a dynamic and vibrant community, cherished for the stories, history, and connections it fosters among enthusiasts. The narrative of classic cars in Thailand, enriched by the cultural infusion from the American presence during the Vietnam War, highlights the profound impact of these vehicles on the local and cultural landscape. In Thailand, classic cars are not only revered for their timeless design and the driving experience they offer but also serve as cherished family heirlooms, strengthening familial bonds and bridging generational divides. The community aspect of classic car culture, rooted in a shared passion for preserving automotive history, showcases the enduring appeal and sentimental value of these historic vehicles. Additionally, the evolving custom car culture signifies a deepening relationship between humans and their vehicles, underpinned by sustainable practices and technological advancements, further illustrating the multifaceted nature of car collecting and the timeless allure of classic automobiles.

Were members of the Pheu Thai Party responsible for ruining some of the fun at one of Bangkok’s biggest concerts of the year?

During Ed Sheeran’s recent Bangkok concert, a disturbance originating from the VIP section led to a social media uproar and audience discomfort, with some attendees even leaving the venue. Amidst the controversy, Paetongtarn Shinawatra, leader of the Pheu Thai Party, refuted claims of her involvement in the noise disruption. She emphasized that concerts are meant to be joyful places where noise and singing along are part of the experience, differentiating concert etiquette from that of quieter venues. Despite criticisms, especially from international fans, Paetongtarn praised the venue’s amenities and denied contributing to the disturbance. This incident has sparked a broader discussion on concert behavior and the balance between enthusiasm and respect for other concertgoers. Ed Sheeran, meanwhile, embraced Thai culture during his visit, highlighting his performance and personal engagements in Thailand, including receiving a traditional tattoo, showcasing the cultural exchange aspect of his tour.

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