The Bangkok Post reports
Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya is standing firm in his aim to remove krathom and marijuana from the narcotic drugs list and treat them as medicinal herbs.
He reiterated his stance yesterday when he met officials and civic groups from 14 southern provinces in Songkhla. The meeting was called because crackdowns in Thailand are believed to have forced people to buy the illicit plants from Malaysia, according to a source.
Gen Paiboon said the strict law against consuming krathom and marijuana has proved unsuccessful, so it is time to “rewrite the law, making krathom and marijuana herbs”.
“But the law must make clear a legal way to use them,” he said, adding that successfully eradicating these plants will not end drug problems.
Krathom, known scientifically as Mitragyna speciosa, and marijuana are currently categorised as Class 5 narcotics under the 1979 Narcotic Drugs Act. The law does not allow for the production, consumption sale, import, export or possession of these drugs, unless permitted by the public health minister on a case-by-case basis.