Popular Post webfact 167159 Posted March 21 Popular Post Share Posted March 21 Several Thai media outlets continued their attack on the use of marijuana in the kingdom. They have claimed it is responsible for acts of violence after users go berserk when they can't get a "fix". They claim that weed is addictive. There are shades of the so called "Reefer Madness" that references a film that led to decades of disinformation about the drug. Users and those who see nothing wrong with weed have been critical of media that is jumping on negative stories since marijuana was legalized in Thailand in June last year. Many fear that the next government might do a U-turn. This despite huge investment in the marijuana industry and shops popping up everywhere in Thailand, not just in tourist enclaves, notes ASEAN NOW. The issue is becoming a massive political hot potato in the lead up to the general election expected in May. Chuwit Kamolwisit the whistleblower has been attacking the Bhumjaithai party chief Anutin Charnvirakul for their marijuana policy. Anutin always said that medicinal weed and allowing people to grow it to make money was his aim. Not recreational use. And the drug should be off limits to children. So what were the Thai media saying today: Siam Rath - following many stories critical of marijuana - reported that they were contacted by concerned residents in a row of houses in Soi Khao Talo in Pattaya. It concerned a 14 year old boy "A" who is living with his gran "Da", 68. Picture: Siam Rath They said the boy is not going to school and is addicted to weed and gets angry with his gran when she doesn't give him money for it. Siam Rath contacted Lt-Col Natthakorn Janlort of the Nong Prue police and the local authority and they all went to the area. "A" was ashen faced when they arrived and his gran burst into tears. Da said she had looked after her grandson since birth as his parents couldn't care less. Everything was fine until a year ago when he stopped going to M1 classes at school and asked her for 100-200 baht a day for money to buy weed. Picture: Siam Rath He just wanted to hang out with friends. If he didn't get his fix he got irritable, stomach problems, starting mumbling and smashing things up. "Once he threw a glass of water in my face", she said fighting back the tears. She went to the neighbors for help when things turned violent. Hugging her grandson she begged him to give up the habit and go to rehab so they can get their lives back on track. He "wai-ed" and said he would follow his gran's advice. A admitted that he used a home made bong and needed 100 baht every two or three days. His friends introduced the drug to him and he felt good when he had it and irritable when he didn't. Natthakorn said that the relevant authorities would provide help to A to help him kick the habit. Though the Cannabis Act has yet to be ratified, health department rules forbid the sale of weed to under 20s. This was not mentioned by Siam Rath who also disn't say where the youngster got his marijuana. It is however widely available outside of regulated shops, especially in Pattaya where vendors sell 100 baht packs in places like Beach Road. Picture: Daily News Daily News also joined in the anti-weed rhetoric. They carried a story about a man who smashed up a female dormitory in Udon Thani that said "Man High on Marijuana" in their headline. Only hidden in the body of their story was the fact that the man was a yaba addict who also smoked weed. Yaba use - undoubtedly responsible for many acts of paranoid violence - is clearly on the back-burner in the Thai press. Picture: Daily News They reported that a 42 year old man broke his way into a room and turned on the aircon waiting for a woman. The owner called the police. The man's 62 year old father said his son was a drug addict and needed rehab. He said he had been addicted to drugs since he was a child. Additional reporting by the ASEAN NOW news team. -- © Copyright ASEAN NOW 2023-03-21 - Cigna offers a range of visa-compliant plans that meet the minimum requirement of medical treatment, including COVID-19, up to THB 3m. For more information on all expat health insurance plans click here. The most versatile and flexible rental investment and holiday home solution in Thailand - click for more information. Get your business in front of millions of customers who read ASEAN NOW with an interest in Thailand every month - email [email protected] for more information 2 1 1 3 5 Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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