Cannabis Future Network, a prominent organization advocating for the cannabis industry in Thailand, has recently called upon three major alliance parties – the Move Forward Party, the Pheu Thai Party, and the Prachachart Party – to exercise caution before reinstating cannabis as a narcotic drug. The network, supported by research conducted by the Ad-Hoc Committee on Systematic Hemp and Cannabis Resolution, strongly argues that such a move would not only be counterproductive but could also give rise to additional complications.
Expressing deep concern over the issue, Prasitchai Nunual, the leader of Cannabis Future Network, emphasized the significance of the ad-hoc committee. The committee was established prior to the election with the primary objective of exploring the removal of cannabis from the narcotics list and thoroughly studying the plant’s systematic usage. Prasitchai highlighted that the committee consisted of not only experts in the field but also representatives from various political parties, all of whom signed a working agenda on May 22.
Prasitchai criticized the parties’ intention to revise their stance on cannabis, including the reinstatement of its narcotic status, as contradictory. He argued that such a change in agenda appeared to be driven by the parties’ self-interest rather than the best interests of the nation. Furthermore, Prasitchai stressed that these proposed revisions were not based on existing evidence.
While acknowledging the parties’ right to reconsider their positions based on the committee’s earlier studies, Prasitchai underscored the importance of making decisions rooted in the committee’s findings rather than being swayed by public opinion or personal political gains. He cautioned that altering the cannabis policy solely based on public sentiment could lead to unintended consequences that may have far-reaching effects on society.
The Cannabis Future Network’s plea comes at a crucial juncture when the country is grappling with the future of cannabis regulation. The debate surrounding the status of cannabis as a narcotic substance has been ongoing, and the decisions made by these political parties hold significant weight in shaping the nation’s cannabis policies. As the discourse unfolds, stakeholders from various sectors eagerly await the parties’ final stance on the matter, with the hope that evidence-based reasoning and the long-term welfare of the nation will prevail.