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Thai Ministry of Education wants to establish cannabis-free zones

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2022-06-23-The Thai Ministry of Education wants to establish cannabis-free zones

Education Minister Trinuch Thienthong said is concerned about the impact on students following the recent decriminalization. Trinuch says every state school will be designated a cannabis-free zone. The ministry must ensure that teachers and students understand the pros and cons of consuming cannabis.

Therefore, a discussion will be held with the health department of the Ministry of Health to obtain more details about the plant and possible side effects of using cannabis as an ingredient in food and beverages, including biscuits, bread and drinks. There must also be restrictions that strictly limit the use of cannabis. Its use in food and drink must be certified.

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This initiative is supported by Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt, who said schools affiliated with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) have a responsibility to ensure students have a more complete understanding of cannabis. Mr Chadchart insisted that he does not intend to obstruct government policy, but rather ensure the health and safety of the public.

He referred to the recent cases of four people who were hospitalized after overuse of the plant, although the results of the investigation into their cases by the BMA's medical service are still pending. dr. Kiattiphum Wongrajit, the ministry's secretary, said it will accelerate the implementation of preventive measures to curb abuse of the drug. Because the Cannabis and Hemp Law pending approval, the government could impose more regulations related to the health ministry, said Dr. Kiattiphum.

Up to 0,2 percent THC

Since cannabis has been removed from the narcotic list, parts of the plant can now be used for medicinal use. dr. Kiattiphum said the sale of cannabis products could help the economy recover from the effects of the pandemic.

However, people should be wary of using the plant for recreational use because of the potential risk to their mental health. All extracts containing more than 0,2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are still categorized as illegal narcotics.

“Although cannabis has been removed from the list, products must be checked. We have issued a warning warning people to smoke weed as it can affect their mental health or cause traffic accidents," said Dr. Kiattiphum.

Source: Bangkokpost.com (EN)

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