Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has said his government plans to rewrite the country’s cannabis laws within six months to allow medical use only and put a halt to recreational sales.
Thailand decriminalised cannabis last year, but new rules allowing home grow for medical purposes, and for use in the production of food and cosmetics, got off to a bumpy start after businesses began openly selling cannabis on the streets of Bangkok.
The government quickly issued a number of new measures in response amid fears over unchecked use of the substance, including by children.
In an interview with Bloomberg, the new prime minister – elected last month – said the drug problem had become “widespread lately” and pledged to “rectify” the situation.
He added there was broad agreement among Thailand’s 11 coalition parties on the plan.