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.

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