Thailand’s Cannabis Bill Dealt a Blow After Bigger Parties Demand Changes reports Bloomberg

  • Bill withdrawn after lawmakers demand ban on recreational use
  • Resistance emerges as decriminalization stirs addiction fears

Thai lawmakers forced the withdrawal of a bill to regulate wider use of cannabis, saying the proposed legislation lacked enough provisions to prevent its misuse for recreation.

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted 198 to 136 to pull the bill and send it back to the drafting committee for further revision late on Wednesday. The cannabis and hemp bill, which passed the first reading in June and was designed to give the government more control over the industry, may now be reintroduced in November.

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