Thailand to release 4,000 inmates and return confiscated marijuana to them as cannabis is removed from the drug list
Up to 4,000 inmates serving prison sentences for cannabis or marijuana-related crimes will be released in Thailand. Beginning June 9, the Health Department’s announcement that cannabis and cannabis in Thailand will be removed from the category five drug list will go into effect, according to the Department of Corrections.
About 110 million baht seized from violators of the anti-money laundering law must also be returned to owners after June 9. In addition, about 16 tons of confiscated cannabis, the owners of which can demand to be returned, is awaiting disposal, the Thai Public Broadcasting Service reported.
The effect of the ministerial announcement also means that suspects on charges related to cannabis use or possession must be released by police, prosecutors and the courts if the cases are pending police investigation or trial. Records of arrests, prosecutions and convictions will also be removed from personal records.
Since June 9, a person can grow or possess cannabis or cannabis for home use in Thailand, but they must notify authorities without applying for a permit. The Thai Food and Drug Administration has opened an online platform to facilitate registration.
Importing, exporting, mining or producing cannabis products still requires a permit from the authorities.
Although cannabis and cannabis have been removed from the category five drug list, except for those parts that contain more than 0.2 percent THC by weight, the two plants will not be legal until the Drug Amendment Bill proposed by the Health Department is approved by parliament.
The bill essentially allows domestic use of cannabis and cannabis, which includes growing these plants for consumption or medical purposes, but within limits that would be specified in a ministry regulation. In Bangkok, growers would have to register with the city administration if they live in the capital, and with provincial administrations if the growers are in rural provinces.
Critics, however, point out that proponents of legalizing cannabis and cannabis in Thailand only talk about the positive aspects of these plants, hardly mentioning the negative ones, including mind-altering compounds that can affect both the brain and the body. They can be addictive and harmful to some people’s health. Short-term effects can include confusion, drowsiness, impaired ability to concentrate, anxiety, fear or panic, increased heart rate or decreased blood pressure, paranoia, hallucinations and long-term effects such as addiction and lung health risks.
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