Cannabis prohibited in universities

Students stick stickers with messages prohibiting cannabis use at Ban Bang Kapi school in Bangkok last Thursday. (Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

The Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI) has banned the sale of foods and beverages containing cannabis as an ingredient as well as the use of the plant for recreational purposes in the premises of universities and agencies under the Ministry.

University executives and agency heads were also asked to organize activities or produce media to educate students, staff and people living in nearby communities about the proper use of cannabis.

The use of cannabis for medical purposes must be supervised by medical professionals and research on the plant must be closely monitored by academic officials, according to the ministry.

University executives and agency heads can also issue additional measures to prevent the harmful effects of cannabis use.

Previously, the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University prohibited the consumption of cannabis in food and beverages on university premises.

The use of cannabis and hemp as an ingredient is prohibited, as is the advertising of cannabis products, according to a statement.

Additionally, those who receive services at the university, including staff and students, are not permitted to use cannabis for recreational purposes.

The university supports the use of cannabis in accordance with the recommendations of medical professionals.

However, anyone under the age of 20 and pregnant women are advised to avoid its use given the potentially harmful health effects, he said.

The BMA recently declared all city-run schools under its jurisdiction as cannabis-free zones.

The removal of hemp and cannabis from the government’s list of Category 5 narcotics came into effect on June 9.

Therefore, the production, import, export, distribution, consumption and possession of cannabis and hemp are now legal.

Nonetheless, cannabis oil extracts containing more than 0.2% THC are still considered a Category 5 substance and regulated by the kingdom’s narcotics laws.

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