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Thailand legalized marijuana but hates the smell

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Written by Linda S. Hohnholz

According to a recent Thailand notice, the smell or smoke of cannabis, hemp, and other plants causes a public nuisance while the abuse of cannabis, for recreation for example, can annoy people or harm public health.

The Royal Gazette has published the Thailand Ministry of Public Health’s notice declaring smell or smoke of cannabis, hemp and other plants a public nuisance.

Dr. Suwannachai Wattanayingcharoenchai, director-general of the Department of Health, said the notice on smell or smoke of cannabis, hemp, marijuana, and other plants was published in the Royal Gazette on June 14 and took effect on June 15.

According to the notice, smell or smoke of cannabis, hemp and other plants causes a public nuisance. The abuse of cannabis, for recreation for example, can annoy people or harm public health. Particulate matters from the smoke can be inhaled and make people develop illnesses including lung disease, asthma and bronchitis.

The declaration was aimed at protecting public health from the harmful smoke of cannabis, hemp and other plants.

Thai police say no accidents caused by “high on pot” drivers.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Jirasant said the bureau had not received any report on cannabis smoking in public places or any traffic accident related to cannabis.

Bangkok police have not found any case of cannabis smoking in public or traffic accident related to cannabis after the decriminalization of the plant on June 9.

Pol Maj Gen Jirasant Kaewsaeng-ek, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said the bureau had not received any report on cannabis smoking in public places or any traffic accident related to cannabis.

He said that police had yet to see a notice from the Public Health Ministry on the impacts of cannabis smoke on the public and relevant complaint procedures. Affected people could file their complaints with local public health officials and investigation would be finished in seven days. If cannabis smokers continued to annoy the public, a fine would be eventually imposed, Pol Maj Gen Jirasant said.

He also said that police waited for the promulgation of a law on hemp and cannabis control. Pending the passage of the law, police would act in compliance with a notice of the Public Health Ministry on smoke and smell.

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  • Fear of Cannabis Legalization Nationwide is unfounded. Not based on any science or fact whatsoever. So please prohibitionists, we beg you to give your scare tactics, “Conspiracy Theories” and “Doomsday Scenarios” over the inevitable Legalization of Cannabis Nationwide a rest. Nobody is buying them anymore these days. Okay?

    Furthermore, if all prohibitionists get when they look into that nice, big and shiny crystal ball of theirs, while wondering about the future of cannabis legalization, is horror, doom, and despair, well then I suggest they return that thing as quickly as possible and reclaim the money they shelled out for it, since it’s obviously defective.

    The prohibition of cannabis has not decreased the supply nor the demand for cannabis at all. Not one single iota, and it never will. Just a huge and complete waste of our tax dollars to continue criminalizing citizens for choosing a natural, non-toxic, relatively benign plant proven to be much safer than alcohol.

    If prohibitionists are going to take it upon themselves to worry about “saving us all” from ourselves, then they need to start with the drug that causes more death and destruction than every other drug in the world COMBINED, which is alcohol!

    Why do prohibitionists feel the continued need to vilify and demonize cannabis when they could more wisely focus their efforts on a real, proven killer, alcohol, which again causes more destruction, violence, and death than all other drugs, COMBINED?

    Prohibitionists really should get their priorities straight and/or practice a little live and let live. They’ll live longer, happier, and healthier, with a lot less stress if they refrain from being bent on trying to control others through Draconian Cannabis Laws.

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