Deputy Mayor Thitiphan Phettrakul of Pattaya presided over a meeting on Friday to talk about the laws and guidelines required to restrict and forbid the use of cannabis and hemp, particularly in educational settings. The deputy mayor suggested that regulations may stipulate that food containing cannabis cannot be served in schools or that cannabis use is only permitted with a prescription from a physician. Although it is currently against the law to sell cannabis to kids, Pattaya’s deputy mayor wants more to be done to keep schoolchildren from having access to the once-illegal narcotic. The city council of Pattaya will schedule a meeting with representatives from the schools to develop cannabis prevention strategies. Cannabis smoke, which is regarded as a “public nuisance,” is the sole aspect of cannabis usage in public that is currently governed by law. Someone who is bothered by cannabis smoke may report the offender, who may face legal repercussions if found guilty. On June 9, Thailand delisted cannabis as a Category 5 drug, although little to no law was created to control cannabis use, such as age restrictions, demographic groupings, or places where the plant can or cannot be marketed. The city of Pattaya has begun to develop its own cannabis-control law since the council is already tired of waiting for a national cannabis act to be passed. Cannabis smoking in public places is punishable by up to three months in jail and a fine of 25,000 baht, or both. However, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health published a regulation restricting the sale of cannabis to minors, pregnant women, and nursing mothers six days after the drug was decriminalized. In order to find out what kinds of cannabis laws parents of schoolchildren want to see implemented, the council also hopes to hear from them.

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