Thailand has indeed freed the use of cannabis for medical purposes. To some extent, Cannabis sativa it is permitted to be used for recreational activities.
But what is the true state of cannabis use in Thailand? detikTravel together with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) traveled to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Bangkok last week.
On this trip, we only encountered processed cannabis products at the minimarket and the night market. At the minimarket, we found cannabis products in the form of various flavored drinks and at the night market some sell them in the form of brownies.
“The problem with cannabis, the target is for treatment. But because the green light has been given, people who like cannabis take the opportunity to abuse it,” said our guide from Chiang Mai, Masukree Kueteh.
“For example, young people smoke smoking marijuana. Actually, marijuana is for health, for the treatment of cancer, Parkinson’s, people who have trouble sleeping, serious people. But young people actually use it for delinquency,” he added.
Minimarket selling cannabis products in Thailand (Photo: Ahmad Masaul Khoiri/detikcom)
Then are there smoking cannabis cafes in Chiang Mai? Masukree said that this place does not exist yet, but from our observations there are already products in the minimarket.
“On average, Chiang Mai hasn’t yet, but Bangkok-Pattaya is busy. Chiang Mai is safe. Not all of them are available at 7Eleven, not even a pharmacy,” he said.
Bangkok doesn’t like weed
Another story was told by our guide from Bangkok, Anuwat. He mentioned that there are strict rules on the use of cannabis in Bangkok and that even people there don’t really like cigarettes, let alone marijuana.
In our observation for two days, it is very difficult to find cannabis cafes in Bangkok City. In fact, only a few minimarkets sell cannabis beverage products.
“The fact is that people in Bangkok or Thailand don’t even like smoking. Especially marijuana,” he said.
“Only a small proportion like it. That’s even in tourist attractions in Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi to Koh Samui. It’s so free there (until students also use it secretly) because the supervision is not as strict as in Bangkok,” he explained.
Furthermore, said Anuwat, travelers from Indonesia would not be able to bring cannabis products to Indonesia and could be jailed if they insisted on being arrested. There is an interesting follow-up rule in the legalization of cannabis in Thailand. Namely, Malaysia, which is also a close neighbor, has implemented a cannabis test at the border and banned entry for those who are positive.
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