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Court accepts cannabis lawsuit against Anutin, ONCB


THE Administrative Court has accepted a lawsuit filed by a member of the Medical Council of Thailand and MPs from a few parties seeking to revoke the Public Health Ministry’s announcement removing marijuana from an official list of controlled substances, Naewna newspaper said this afternoon (Nov. 21).

Prof. Dr. Smith Srison, the Medical Council of Thailand member and president of the Forensic Medical Association of Thailand;  together with  Pol. Col. Tawee Sodsong, secretary-general of the Prachachat Party; Mr. Suthin Klangsaeng, Pheu Thai Party’s list MP; Mr. Nattawut Buaprathum, Move Forward Party’s list MP; Mr. Wirat Worasirin, deputy leader of the Seri Ruam Thai Party; and Mr. Nikhom Boonwiset, leader of the Thai People’s Power Party had together filed this lawsuit against Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, as the first and second defendants.

In this lawsuit the court was asked to pass judgement on revoking the  ministerial announcement dated Feb. 8, 2022 that specifies the drugs on Category 5 narcotics list with cannabis to again be listed there according to the previous ministerial announcement dated December 8, 2020.

They also asked for a suspension of the regulation until a ruling is issued. 

The court has now accepted this lawsuit filed on Nov. 10, 2022.


Top: Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Public Health Minister-cum-Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul smelling a marijuana plant. Photo: Matichon Weekly

Front Page: Marijuana plant. Photos: NNT

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