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Anutin Signs Order Requiring Prescription to Buy Pot, Ban Sales to Minors

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Public Health Minister Anutin likes his weed.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said he signed a Public Health Ministry notice to regulate cannabis use with an aim toward allying concerns about cannabis decriminalization.

In a meeting on the proper and safe use of cannabis, Anutin said he already signed the notice on cannabis-use control as proposed by the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine.

The administrative order is not a law and has not been published in the Royal Gazette, meaning it is still unofficial.

The notice addressed concerns about cannabis abuse. It limited cannabis use to people aged 20 years and over and younger people would not have any access to cannabis without a doctor’s prescription, Anutin said.

Besides, the notice prohibited cannabis use and smoking in public. It would be a tool for officials to use to cope with the impacts of improper cannabis use, he said.

Saneh Somsri, president of an association of restaurateurs in five regions, said he supported the use of cannabis as a food ingredient to increase consumers’ choices.