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Thailand’s Cannabis Act stalls in Parliament as lawmakers dig in

The Cannabis Act failed to advance in parliament after a majority of lawmakers voted against it last night.

Lawmakers voted 198-136 against advancing the bill, which seeks to establish regulations about the manufacturing, trade, and use of marijuana from the meeting agenda. Twelve abstained; one did not vote.

Opposition to the bill came from Satit Wongnongtoey of the old guard Democrat Party and Suthin Klangsaeng of the main opposition Pheu Thai Party, who cited existing loopholes and raised concerns about cannabis being widely used recreationally rather than medically as proposed by health minister and Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul. 

A coalition of Democrat Party MPs even proposed relisting it as a narcotic and only leaving hemp decriminalized.

“If the parliament insists on continuing with deliberation of the bill, the Democrat Party…

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