Thailand to drop jail terms and fines as it decriminalises marijuana

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Thailand plans to decriminalise marijuana, moving a step closer to clearing its use for recreation, after becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to legalise medical cannabis and its use in food and cosmetics.
The nation’s Food and Drug Administration is set to propose the removal of marijuana from a list of controlled drugs to the narcotics control board on Wednesday. Once cleared by the board, the proposal will need to be approved by Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul before it becomes effective.
The move could allow people full access to marijuana without the fear of lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines, according to Withid Sariddeechaikool, a deputy secretary general of the FDA.