“He thought he could sell it legally.”
A man has been arrested for advertising marijuana for sale on YouTube.
With all the news about legalising medical marijuana in Thailand, he says he believed it was now legal to sell cannabis in Thailand.
The Nation reports that, after police were alerted that a man was cashing in on cannabis on the YouTube channel, “SamunphirSpp.law 168”, officers arrested 31 year old Rangsan Wisetlinthng at a house in Bueng Kan’s Muang district on the Laos border in Thailand’s north-east.
Police found 3 kilograms of dried, compressed marijuana, three bottles of marijuana powder, and 161 marijuana seeds in the house.
Rangsan, who is from Nakhon Ratchasima, said he packed and mailed marijuana to buyers when they made orders on his YouTube channel.
He claimed that he read a report that a law has been passed to allow possession of marijuana so he thought he could sell it legally.
Just yesterday, the National Legislative Assembly passed the first reading of the bill to allow use of marijuana for medical reasons. The bill has yet to be vetted and deliberated in the second and third readings.
Sourced from The Thaiger https://thethaiger.com/news/north-east/man-thought-he-could-now-sell-marijuana-legally-aah-no , who in turn sourced it from The Nation.
Second Related Story:
Thailand is hoping to become the first country in Asia to legalize medical marijuana and tap into the burgeoning cannabis market, Agence France-Presse reports.
According to a Thai official, a draft bill now under consideration proposes allowing marijuana for medicinal purposes, a considerable change in a country with tough drug trafficking laws.
Jet Sirathraanon, the public health committee chair of Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly, emphasized that marijuana would be legal “for medication only, not for recreation.” But he added that legalizing the drug could be an economic boon and “an opportunity for Thai people.”
The global medical marijuana market could reach $55.8 billion by 2025, according to an analysis published last year by Grand View Research.
And Jet expects Thailand could capture a good share of the multi-billion dollar market with what he hailed as “the best marijuana in the world.” During the 1980s, Thailand was one of the world’s largest exporters of marijuana, Bloomberg reported.