Stores still openly selling weed: Governor
Cannabis products are available on Khao San Road. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)
Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt said more than 30 shops and stalls were selling cannabis, some openly, in nightlife spots in Thong Lor and Khao San.
Speaking on his Facebook live stream on Saturday, Mr Chadchart said he smelled cannabis while jogging outside Khao San Road.
Later, he inspected the Thong Lor area and found six stalls selling unrolled cannabis flowers.
He also visited Khao San Road and found 26 shops and stalls offering cannabis for sale to customers. Two of them openly sold their products.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said last month that “the sale of cannabis flowers requires a license and it is impossible for us to grant permits for smoking”.
“Don’t make people devalue cannabis,” he said.
Mr Chadchart said on Saturday that people should be aware of the current cannabis situation.
“We have to see how we can take care of young people [against possible exposure to cannabis],” he said.
However, he insisted that his exposition of cannabis sales in the two places was not meant to be a criticism but to educate parents about the pros and cons of cannabis.
In response to the Governor’s live session, Mr. Anutin thanked him for helping spread the word about cannabis.
Mr Anutin said people who misunderstand cannabis liberalization and smoke the plant freely can be arrested.
The Department of Public Health will step up its campaign to educate people about cannabis, he said.
In Thailand, cannabis is now listed as a controlled herb under the Traditional Medicine Wisdom Protection and Promotion Act.
The plant was placed on the list of controlled herbs in mid-June after it was removed from the country’s narcotics list to control its use.
However, a more detailed cannabis and hemp law covering rules and regulations is still pending.