Medical Marijuana Supported By Majority Of Thais, Poll Shows

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The majority of Thais think marijuana should be made legal for medicinal use, a public opinion survey has shown.

The National Institute of Development Administration survey or Nida Poll was conducted 16 and 17 August on 1,250 people nationwide aged 18 and above of various education level and occupation.

Others Say Legalization Could Lead To More Crime

Asked if a law should be enacted to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, 72.40 percent of respondents agreed, 24.96 percent disagreed and 2.64 percent were undecided or had no comment.

Those who agreed reasoned that some other countries had already passed such a law. Those who disagreed said the move could allow uncontrollable use of marijuana, which was a type of narcotic that could lead to increased crime.

Asked, if there was such a law, whether they think Thai authorities would be able to control the use of marijuana (commonly called ganja in Thai) for medicinal purposes, just over half of respondents or 54.32 percent believed they would be able to do so, while 38.72 percent did not think so and said the law should include measures to prevent the drug’s use non medicinally.

On how legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes would be implemented: 53.12 percent of respondents said the law should limit its use to specific places like hospitals; 36.46 percent said the law should allow cultivation of the drug only in certain areas; 29.04 percent said the law should be strictly enforced, with violators to face heavy penalties; 19.92 percent said people should be educated on the benefits and risks of marijuana use; 8.88 percent said other countries’ medical marijuana law should be adjusted for Thailand; and 6.88 percent said there should be free trade in marijuana for medicinal use.

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