Cannabis Industry in Pattaya Fights Back Against Proposed Narcotic Status

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Last updated on June 25th, 2024 at 09:21 am

  • Driving The News: The Chonburi Cannabis Entrepreneurs Association rallies against the government’s plan to reclassify cannabis as a narcotic, emphasizing the negative impact on their businesses.
  • Why It Matters: Reclassifying cannabis could lead to significant economic losses for local cannabis businesses and affect the broader acceptance of cannabis for medical use.
  • The Big Picture: The association calls for science-based regulation and legislation similar to that of alcohol and tobacco to protect the cannabis industry and its benefits.

PATTAYA, THAILAND – On June 17, the Chonburi Cannabis Entrepreneurs Association, led by President RANGSI CHANGSOMBUT, gathered to protest the government’s move to reclassify cannabis as a narcotic. The meeting, held at the Grand Jomtien Palace Hotel, saw participation from cannabis business operators, traditional and modern medical practitioners, and community network representatives.

Rangsi Changsombut expressed strong opposition to the reclassification, arguing that such a move would severely damage the cannabis industry, which has been thriving since its legalization. “Reclassifying cannabis as a narcotic would result in massive economic losses and hinder medical advancements that benefit from cannabis use,” he stated.

The association presented several key demands:

  1. Legal and Scientific Justification: They called on the government to base any regulatory changes on scientific evidence and comprehensive studies of cannabis’s benefits and risks.
  2. Economic Impact Mitigation: The group urged the government to consider the financial implications for cannabis businesses and propose measures to mitigate potential losses.
  3. Education and Regulation: They emphasized the importance of educating the public on the proper use of medical cannabis and implementing strict regulations to ensure safety and efficacy.

The protest highlighted the significant contributions of the cannabis industry to the local economy and healthcare. The association plans to submit a formal letter and a draft of a Cannabis Act to the Pattaya Mayor on June 26, seeking to extend the operational period for cannabis businesses and ensure their survival.

The association’s stance reflects a broader call for balanced cannabis regulation that considers both the economic and medical benefits while addressing potential public health concerns. They argue that cannabis should be regulated similarly to alcohol and tobacco, with clear guidelines and controls to prevent misuse.

As the debate continues, the future of cannabis regulation in Thailand remains uncertain. The Chonburi Cannabis Entrepreneurs Association remains committed to advocating for policies that support their industry and protect the rights of patients and businesses alike.

Contributing Sources: Siamrath