The Thai PM forbids the use of hemp and cannabis on military installations

All usage of marijuana and hemp are now prohibited on military property, under order from Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Following the decriminalization of cannabis on June 9, Bangkok Governor Chadchart acknowledged that he was concerned about the lack of clarity on cannabis policies.
Therefore, if any soldiers were expecting for an opportunity to connect with their friends over a joint, those hopes have been crushed. Jitnat Punnotok, the deputy spokesperson for the defense ministry, stated, “All organizations under the defense ministry must abide with the Public Health Ministry’s cannabis use laws. Thai authorities continue to crack down on the “happy plant” in various institutions across the nation. They are allowed to ingest cannabis for medical reasons but not for recreational usage.

Prayut has now directed all branches of the Defense Ministry’s military and Royal Thai Police to educate officers about rules and the dangers of the happy plant. According to the ministry, it is also strictly forbidden for service members to share images or videos of themselves consuming marijuana on social media.


He was concerned that the lack of regulations and related legislation would cause misunderstandings and false presumptions in the wake of the revelation. On Thai university and government agency campuses, marijuana use is likewise prohibited. However, a university can only encourage marijuana use if it is recommended by medical experts.

The MOD of Thailand prohibits marijuana usage on army property

If military personnel decide to use marijuana, the ministry demands that they strictly follow the guidelines set forth by the Ministry of Public Health. The council advised soldiers to use marijuana solely for medicinal reasons. According to the spokeswoman, if a soldier is outside of military premises, they are free to use marijuana legally just like any other person.

Col. Chinat Punnotok, a ministry spokeswoman, claims that the Thai Ministry of Defense has issued a strict regulation outlawing marijuana usage on army grounds. The spokeswoman stated that it is also strictly prohibited for military personnel to post pictures or videos of themselves using marijuana online. The spokesperson claims that PM Prayut wants the military, police, and general public to become informed on the benefits, risks, and security measures associated with using, cultivating, importing, and having marijuana.

The ministry has stated that it is totally against the law for military personnel to post pictures or videos of themselves using marijuana on social media while off-base. Additionally, troops are not allowed to use marijuana before operating any machinery or other “risky” operations. At its meeting today, the Thai Defense Council decided to outlaw cannabis use in the armed forces. Prayut Chan-o-cha, the prime minister and minister of defense, presided over the meeting. The Thai army just lifted its three-day Lazada restriction, which brings up military facilities. The influencers who appeared in the advertisements have been accused of lèse majesté.


The plant has been banned from all Thai schools and certain institutions ever since it was removed from Thailand’s list of Category 5 narcotics on June 9. The corporation was prohibited from sending parcels to military sites countrywide for 42 days as a result of an advertising campaign that many believed was disrespectful to the Thai royal family and people with disabilities. The Royal Gazette reported that buying cannabis or cannabis extracts is illegal for people under the age of 20, women who are pregnant, and nursing mothers.

Cannabis’ health benefits for epileptic youngsters and people seeking palliative cancer therapy have been acknowledged by a senior Ministry of Public Health official

‘Cannabis has an effect on the brain and neurological system, particularly in students’ brains and learning abilities,’ Dr. Somsak added. Dr. Somsak, on the other hand, insisted that the medicine be used exclusively under medical supervision and not for recreational purposes. The senior medical official also emphasized the dangers of cannabis or marijuana as a cause of drug addiction, as well as the harm it poses to road safety. ‘We are well aware of the benefits, but the drawbacks include addiction and traffic accidents involving inebriated drivers.’ This is something that has previously happened in other countries.

He stated that the drug was extremely beneficial to individuals who had small children with epilepsy, as well as those who had cancer and found it to be indispensable as a palliative treatment or for those who were through chemotherapy and found it to help with nausea.

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