The Liberal Party defended its decision not to assistance the cannabis and hemp bill subsidized by the Bhumjaithai Celebration, arguing that the proceed was not political but due to concerns the particular proposed law would encourage the leisure use of cannabis, especially among youths, according to party leader Jurin Laksanawisit.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives resolved to withdraw the particular Cannabis and Hemp Bill from its agenda by 198 votes to 136, with 12 abstentions, pending revision of its articles.
When asked if the Democrat Party had snubbed the Bhumjaithai Party who sponsored the particular legislation, Mr Jurin said that the election against the Cannabis plus Hemp Bill had not been a political decision as the party’s priority was the dangers of recreational use among youths.
“We are really concerned about young people making use of cannabis for recreation, ” he mentioned.
“The Democrat Party supports the use of cannabis regarding medicinal purposes, although not for recreation. Whenever we saw that the expenses had a loophole allowing people to use it intended for recreational purposes, we all needed to put a stop to the particular bill. It is for future years and safety of our own young people. I believe additional parties also share similar concerns, ” said Mr Jurin.
After the House vote, Panthep Phuapongpan, a vocal supporter of cannabis-based medicine and a spokesman of the legislation vetting committee told reporters yesterday that the committee will send a notice to every political party that voted contrary to the bill asking concerning the issues that concern all of them.
The committee asked the parties to distribute their concerns within seven days after getting the letter. The particular committee will hold a meeting on Oct a few to consider the issues.
“But up to now, I don’t think we ought to revise anything regarding the draft law due to the fact all the concerns which were debated in the House had been also already resolved in the vetting panel.
“The House should not consider any chance to delay the bill. The particular voting on the bill should not be politicised, ” said Mr Panthep.
Bhumjaithai Party leader plus Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul stated yesterday that the withdrawal of the bill was a political move.
“The Cannabis and Hemp Bill is needed to help relieve the anxiety of individuals because many have the perception that cannabis is a narcotic. But cannabis is delisted from Thailand’s Category 5 drugs list, ” this individual said.
When asked when the withdrawal of the marijuana bill will affect those who have already grown cannabis, Mr Anutin said that people can still grow cannabis vegetation at home but should register them.
“If the House rejects the costs, many will be impacted, such as convicts billed with the illegal use of cannabis, physicians who also use cannabis pertaining to medication and those who own cannabis-related businesses, ” he said.
He emphasised that the bill does not legalise the recreational use of cannabis as numerous MPs have suggested, adding that politics parties are trying to politicise the bill.