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Thailand to decriminalize marijuana possession, paving the way for legal recreational use and cultivation

Thai Legalization Marijuana
  • Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration has proposed to exclude marijuana from the narcotics control board’s list of controlled drugs.
  • It is now awaiting the approval of Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, a vocal medical marijuana advocate.
  • Once approved, the proposal will pave the way for recreational cannabis use in the country.

Thailand is set to fully decriminalize cannabis, paving the way for recreational marijuana use in the country. 

Thailand, which became the first Southeast Asian country to legalize medical marijuana in 2018, is moving to allow full cannabis access with a new proposal from its Food and Drug Administration (FDA), reported Bloomberg.

An award-winning photo of an elephant swimming has reignited a fierce debate on animal welfare in Thailand

elephant swimming thailand

An image of a young elephant performing for an audience while submerged in a tank in Thailand has reignited conversations on the issue of animal welfare. 

Award-winning photo: Taken at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, Australian photojournalist Adam Oswell’s winning entry for the Natural History Museum’s (NHM) prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) award for Photojournalism attracted international attention in October this year, reported CNN

Thai woman is reportedly beaten by Datuk Seri in Malaysia after pulling away from his sexual assault

Thai Woman Attacked

Malaysian authorities are now looking into the report of a Thai woman attacked by a drunk man, who was allegedly a “Datuk Seri,” after a sexual assault last week.

What happened: The woman, a 23-year-old Thai national, was reportedly at a restaurant in the town of Klang in Malaysia with her friends on Dec. 9 when the drunk man made a pass at her, according to Hype Malaysia citing a now-deleted China Press report.

Thai oil worker blows up warehouse because she was sick of her boss, causes $1.2 million in damages

Thailand Oil Warehouse Fire

An aggrieved worker in Thailand allegedly set fire to an oil warehouse where she worked because of her anger at her boss, causing it to explode.

Fed up: Ann Sriya, 38, was allegedly caught on surveillance cameras lighting paper and throwing it into a fuel container in the Prapakorn Oil warehouse in Nakhon Pathom Province, Bangkok on Nov. 29, according to Newsflare.

Over a quarter-million people demand marriage equality in Thailand after ‘homophobic’ court ruling

More than 275,000 people have signed a petition demanding marriage equality in Thailand, one of the few countries in Asia that boasts being a warm safe haven for the LGBTQ plus community.

Driving the news: The petition came in response to a Nov. 17 ruling by the Thai Constitutional Court, which determined that Section 1448 of the Civil and Commercial Code — the law defining marriage as between a man and a woman — does not violate the nation’s constitution.

Visitors flock to ‘penis park’ in Thailand for selfies and to make wishes for well-endowed partners

Traitep Dream Forest

A park in Thailand, where visitors are encouraged to hug massive penis statues and pray to them to find a well-endowed partner, has gained much attention online.

Wish-granting penises: The park, called Traitep Dream Forest, is located in the city of Khon Kaen and features penis statues that supposedly grant wishes, according to Coconuts Bangkok.