Blocking cannabis law for political reasons will do ‘more harm than good’
Prapat urged the public to join him at the parliament complex on Wednesday when he submits the letter.
In the letter, Prapat explains that the cannabis bill was passed in principle by the House and approved by the ad hoc panel, which includes representatives from political parties, government agencies as well as the private and civil sectors.
The letter also stresses that the bill’s legislation should be expedited in the interest of clarity and creating new business opportunities, adding that it had been carefully reviewed to ensure that its enactment does not affect vulnerable groups like we feared him.
Prapat said many farmers and companies have invested heavily in growing and processing marijuana into products. If the bill is not enacted quickly, it could lead to losses of up to 50 billion baht, he said.
Ong-art, meanwhile, said companies cannot move forward without a direct cannabis control law, which he added would build trust in the company.
He also pointed out that banks do not lend to marijuana-related businesses because their future is uncertain without the law.
“As a businessman, I want the direction to be clear, so we know what we can and cannot do,” he said.
He pointed out that if marijuana were put on the banned narcotics list again, many companies would go bankrupt. He also questioned why the politicians did not speak up when the Panel Control Bill announced its decisions.
“It’s not right and it’s disgusting to play politics about the future of the people and the country,” he said.
He added that the price of dried ganja had dropped from 30,000 baht per kilo to around 1,000 baht due to uncertainties over the bill.