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Don’t Take the Clickbait: Marijuana Not Legal for Recreational Use in Thailand

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Media claims that Thailand is legalizing marijuana for recreational use are false. Only medical use will be allowed, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said.

The internet was full of clickbait claims by plagiarizing websites of all stripes Tuesday, claiming falsely in headlines that joints now will be lit up soon. Not so.

Anutin stressed that legalization of cannabis and hemp is focused on health and medical implementations rather than recreational use, while the import of cannabis plants remains illegal, except for cannabis seeds.

The bill, which requires further consideration from the Narcotics Control Board, clearly prohibits recreational use of these plants, he noted.

Media claims that Thailand is legalizing marijuana for recreational use are false. Only medical use will be allowed, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said.

The internet was full of clickbait claims by plagiarizing websites of all stripes Tuesday, claiming falsely in headlines that joints now will be lit up soon. Not so.

Anutin stressed that legalization of cannabis and hemp is focused on health and medical implementations rather than recreational use, while the import of cannabis plants remains illegal, except for cannabis seeds.

The bill, which requires further consideration from the Narcotics Control Board, clearly prohibits recreational use of these plants, he noted.

He also asked relevant officials to prevent the abuse of cannabis, possibly with a rollout of THC measuring devices. Any products that contain more than 0.2% of THC compound is considered illegal.