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Thailand’s Cannabis Future Network leader, Prasitchai Nunual, asks people to support its campaign not to have cannabis put back on the narcotic drugs list, at the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission, 9 June 2023. (Photo: Apichart Jinakul)

Most Thais support the plans to relist marijuana as an illegal drug but have mixed opinions over its benefits, according to an opinion survey by Nida Poll.

The poll was conducted by the National Institute of Development Administration on May 14-15 on 1,310 people aged 15 and over of various levels of education and occupations throughout the country to gauge their opinions on whether they view cannabis as a narcotic. The answers varied as follows:

53.74% said cannabis is an illicit narcotic but admitted it has medical benefits33.59% a narcotic and has no benefits at all11.60% not an illegal drug 1.07% not sure

Asked what they think about the government’s plans to relist marijuana as an illegal narcotic, the answers were as follows:

60.38% absolutely agreed15.27% moderately agreed 14.50% absolutely disagreed8.93% moderately disagreed0.92% did not know or were not interested

Asked to give their opinions on the government’s cannabis policy, the answers were as follows:

74.58% thought the policy is for medical purposes and treatment of illness and disease19.39% said the government should not have issued any policy that supports cannabis and cannabis-related products10.53% said the policy is to support the legal development of cannabis products7.40% viewed the policy as a way to help increase people’s incomes3.21% said the policy is to support recreational use0.99% did not know or were not interested.

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