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Cannabis 'addictions' surge in Thailand after decriminalization

Number said to be addicted quadruples as politicians play the blame game

Cannabis dispensaries in Bangkok regularly display signs openly advertising their products, despite warnings from the health minister. (Photo by Kosuke Inoue)

BANGKOK -- In the six months since Thailand essentially legalized marijuana, the number of people considered to be addicted to the drug by health authorities here has nearly quadrupled, sparking a wave of finger-pointing among politicians.

In June 2022, the Thai government struck medical marijuana from a list of narcotics banned for use or distribution and made it legal for medical and culinary uses. To curtail the abuse of the drug, policymakers added a number of guardrails, including the prohibition of sales to the pregnant and those under the age of 20. Smoking marijuana is also outlawed in public spaces.

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