Marijuana in Thailand

Marijuana in Thailand?

Until the 1930s Thais traditionally used marijuana to relieve pain and fatigue and now the country is returning to its roots. Medical Marijuana Tourism is a thing and Tourist Marijuana Tourism will surely follow!

In December Parliament has voted to amend the Narcotic Act of 1979 in what it described as “a New Year’s gift to the Thai people”.

The first controversy with the legalization involved patent requests by two foreign firms, British giant GW Pharmaceuticals and Japan’s Otsuka Pharmaceutical, filed before the change to the law. Thai civil society groups and researchers feared domination by foreign firms could make it harder for Thai patients to get access to medicines and for Thai researchers to get marijuana extracts so the government issued a special executive order revoking all pending patents that involve cannabis to prevent monopolization.

As of 2019, Medical marijuana  is legal in Thailand and the intention is for marijuana to be sold legally over-the-counter with a doctors’ prescription.

An overwhelming number of people have voiced support for decriminalizing the use of ganja (marijuana) for research and development for medical purpose, said Somchai Sawaengkarn, a member of the National Legislative Assembly, on Tuesday, based on the results of an opinion survey conducted during October 1-15.

Of the 16,431 people surveyed, 16,264 voted in support of the bid to amend the narcotics law to make it legally possible for ganja to be used for medical research in the hope that medicines can be developed from the addictive drug for the treatment of certain diseases. That’s why they are looking where to buy weed pipe. Of course!

Somchai said over 290,000 had logged into the NLA’s webpage to take a look at the bill to amend the narcotics law. He added that he and fellow assemblymen would hold another public hearing this month to gauge public opinions about ganja decrimalization for medical purpose.

 

With polls showing 72% of Thai people agreeing that marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes, senior officials are now urging the country’s rulers to hasten the process. Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board has suggested that Prajin Jantong, a Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, work on law clauses to make medical use of marijuana legal using Section 44 – which gives the head of government the ability to override existing legislation and issue new laws at will. Sopon Mekthon, former Health Ministry Permanent Secretary, says it would help a lot of people in need – extracts of cannabis oil can be made into various types of products to treat patients such as body lotions, suppositories, oil and other things. In the meantime, anyone who wishes to plant, sell, import or export marijuana for research or for medical purposes must file a petition with their reasons, the amount and other details to the Ministry of Public Health for approval. Otherwise, marijuana is classed as a category 5 drug and its use is forbidden.

Narcotics Control Board director Sirinya Sitdhichai said, “For medical purposes, they will be able to get the marijuana, but only on a doctor’s orders.” The drug laws were rewritten late last year and the revisions are on their way to the Cabinet. Nobody expects any opposition from lawmakers as interviews with the agencies involved, from public health to law enforcement, have found no public opposition. Officials are expressing a pragmatic approach to what would be the biggest leap toward decriminalization of drugs so far in a country whose policy long been incarceration and execution.
Just over a decade ago fugitive PM Shinawatra ordered summary executions of suspected drug offenders and killed 2,500 people. But the Justice Minister declared the war on drugs a failure in 2016 and said Thailand should embrace decriminalization and common-sense regulation.

As it is in most SE Asian countries, marijuana is still illegal in Thailand.  Ironic, when you consider that Thai Stick is one of the most famous brands in the world, and that Thai farmers are among the most skilled. People who use it have told me that the stuff that’s available would be unsalable in California. Until pot is decriminalized, however, we tell our Concierge clients to either

Marijuana in Thailand

Marijuana in Thailand

  • avoid using it altogether
  • acquire it from a friend, and not a street dealer, or
  • be prepared to pay a hefty bribe
  • have the number of someone who can handle it for you on the spot.

The Thaksin Drug Drive: Some History

In 2003, then-Prime Minister, billionaire Thaksin Shinawatra declared war on drugs and open season on dealers, using bribes and threats to ensure that regional governors and police chiefs carried out the campaign. Officials who failed to meet their quotas faced dismissal and those who brought in a “major drug dealer”–dead or alive—received a million baht bounty. My friend Richard told me that among the dead was his Thai wife’s cousin, a poor young man who walked for three hours to Richard’s house to borrow 200 baht, then walked back to his village, where a drug raid was in progress. The police were frustrated that they could not find the people they were looking for so they shot the young man on the spot.
The three-month reign of terror left 2,274 people dead. The government and police implausibly ascribed the deaths to gangland feuding, insisting that only 42 drug suspects were shot by police officers—most of those in “self-defence”. In fact, the government openly encouraged the police to carry out extra-judicial killings so that the arbitrary goals of its “war on drugs” could be met on time.

Busted for Pot in Thailand

Here’s a recent letter to the editor that will give you an idea of how first-time farang marijuana offenders are treated in Thailand: 3 weeks ago, 7 policemen came in my house. Knock-knock-knock, “We have a problem with you sir, we know you use drugs, we were told you sell drugs also, are you a drug dealer ?” They gave me a glass where I had to pee, in front of all my curious neighbors. I told them I never, ever sold any drugs in my life (the truth) and, fortunately, didn’t have any weed in my house at the time. I smoked my last joint 10 minutes before they arrived (lucky me) so I was very high at this time and was sooo scared I was shaking.

I was not sure if I could refuse the pee-pee test. Anyway I knew I was screwed so I resigned to my lot and made peepee in the glass. The test was finished 2 minutes after, and without any surprise I was 100% positive to ganja and negative to amphetamines.

I tried a few times to propose some money to them. I tried to speak with the boss of the police squad (in civil suits, unarmed, very polite men), as it’s well known the policemen (on my island at least) are very corrupt. But they refused and told me they didn’t want any money. (a few days later I learnt that the same story happened to some other farangs on the islands, they were tested positive to ganja/ice the same day, before me, and they were able to give them money to avoid any further problems: 50,000 baht each. So I guess their pockets were full already.

They didn’t have a search warrant, so they couldn’t check my house. But I told them they could search my house, only if only one policeman came in, and under my watch, because I was scared that if they all came in my house, they could easily put some drugs somewhere and then accuse me. They accepted my conditions, and the boss of the group searched my house and didn’t find anything. During the 30 minute search he told me that somebody called them and told them I was a dealer.

Then they took me in their car, to the hospital, and proceed to another ganja/amphetamine test. And I was still positive. Then they drove me in the police station, where I had to sign some papers. They asked my some questions about where I buy, who are my friends, etc. but I didn’t tell them interesting facts (in fact they knew already everything). A Thai friend was with me to translate everything and to try to calm me down. Basically I signed papers admitting that my house was searched and they didn’t find something and my pee tested positive.

Then they put me in jail, where I spent one night. They let me in with my cellphone, and always stayed polite with me. That was a long night and I couldn’t sleep more than a few hours, on the ground, as you guess.

The next day I was wakened up and taken to the mainland in a court where I had to wait, handcuffed, a few hours for my case. I was with other men (all Thai) also waiting for their trial. The majority were ice smokers.

My trial last 2 minutes. The judge told me “Mister you smoke ganja? You are not a criminal, you are sick, and we will help you heal”. I was free to go, and 5 days later I had appointment in a rehab hospital, where I had to talk for 3 hours with a psychologist who had to decide about my case: keep me in hospital? send me to jail? let me free under certain conditions ? My pee was tested again and I was still 100% positive although, by then I hadn’t smoked weed for almost a week.

Yesterday I had another appointment, where I was told that I have to go in the rehab center every two weeks for 6 months and do 24 hours of community service. My pee was tested and I was negative, as I hadn’t smoked for almost a month. I was told that I can not leave Thailand for six months, cannot miss any of the 12 appointments. I was told also that the next time I’m checked positive, I will be sent directly to jail. I feel very lucky to be free, not kicked out from Thailand, and I will never smoke again.

Comments

  1. John Huston says

    Cannabis is NOT addictive. Where did you get that idea? To make it available “on doctor’s prescription” is not good enough either, because the doctors and Big Pharma work hand in glove. In the entire state of Queensland in Australia, only one cancer patient has been given access to medical cannabis with a doctor’s prescription. ONE patient! And the conditions they lay down are forbidding. For instance, they demand proof that “all other treatments” have been tried. In Australia, you would have to search far and wide to find a doctor willing to issue a prescription for medical cannabis. But many cancer patients, including one in my own family, do not want to undergo radiation and chemo because of their devastating and eventually fatal side-effects. The patient should be the one to decide which treatment to take, not the medical-pharmaceutical mafia, which is mainly interesting in treating, not curing, and, in so doing, making heaps of money for themselves. All that said, it is good that Thailand has taken some steps forward which may benefit patients who want to use one of God’s natural gifts to help alleviate their discomfort and restore their health.

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  3. John Huston says

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  4. Thailand should join with other countries and KICK OUT THE D.E.A. The war on marijuana is a farce and failed attempt by the Authoritarians to establish puppet police states. Every where there is a war on pot the U,S, is using subterfuge and insurrection to attain their goals. The greedy politicians are grasping and clutching for the U.S. pay off.

  5. Pai has a dark, sordid history. It used to be an opium central ruled by a Burmese drug lord, and was only made safe enough for tourists during the 80’s. Several thousand people died in an open-season drug war where the government gave permission for the police to shoot anyone accused of using or selling drugs, even without evidence.

    Because of this, it’s not uncommon to see signs around the city banning public marijuana and drug use, and the cops may be on to you. I assume that because Sunset Bar is such an established spot for drug use that the owners may be paying the cops off, but in other countries (ESPECIALLY Thailand) it’s always best to try to be as discreet as possible.

  6. Yesterday I tried to buy some weed from guys, who placed their ads in the Intrnet (whatsapp, email, etc).

    I spent 1000 baht but got nothing) first they set minimum amount about $250, after that they try to get at least something from you and they switch off the phone just after you send them money in bitcoins

    Actually, I think, all “whatsapp/email-pushers” are thieves and extortionists. They get money from you, threw their phones and buy new sim-cards. That’s why they set the minimum order amount

  7. D'Stefano says

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