Ministry tells governors to control cannabis usage in their provinces
Provincial governors have been instructed to monitor the consumption of cannabis and hemp in their areas in a bid to prevent the abuse of these plants.
Marijuana and hemp were removed from the list of banned narcotics on June 9.
Meanwhile, the order signed by Interior Ministry’s permanent-secretary Suttipong Juljarern on June 30 lists the following guidelines for governors to follow:
• Marijuana and hemp cannot be used for recreation
• Sale or consumption of cannabis/hemp spiked food or beverages is not allowed in government complexes.
• Government officials cannot consume marijuana or hemp illegally or in a manner that can affect the image of state officials.
• Governors, provincial public health offices and related authorities must provide knowledge and promote public awareness over the cultivation and consumption of marijuana and hemp as permitted by law.
• Local authorities must educate people about the benefits and dangers of marijuana and hemp.
• Authorities must inspect cannabis/hemp-spiked food, beverages and products being sold in their areas to ensure that the amount used is within legal limits.
The Defence Ministry issued a similar order last month, prohibiting its personnel from using marijuana or hemp on military complexes as well as from displaying inappropriate behaviour while under the influence.