It was a public declaration basically without precedent in Asia. Few politicians, and certainly none who are running for prime minister, ever had the audacity to say what Anutin Charnvirakul did.
“Marijuana is not a drug that should be illegal – it’s that simple,” claimed Anutin, the man who is leading Thailand’s Bhumjaithai party into the country’s much awaited general election on March 24.
Speaking in front of a full house of both domestic and international journalists at The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand (FCCT), Anutin continued: “Unlike alcohol and cigarettes, marijuana has great health benefits such as treating cancer, Alzheimer’s and insomnia.”
The Bhumjaithai party has made full legalisation of the drug a core campaign policy, going so far as incorporating cannabis leaves into its signage all over Bangkok.
Anutin was also adamant that Bhumjaithai will not join a ruling coalition that does not favour full legalisation of cannabis. “My party announced clearly that we will not play any political games with marijuana,” he said. [Read more at South China Morning Post]