Thailand's Cannabis Revolution | 101 East

For decades, Thailand was at the forefront of the war on drugs.

Known for flooding the world with drugs from the Golden Triangle, Thailand’s laws became so tough, the country now tops the list in Asia for the rate of incarceration.

But recently, the military-led government shocked the world by announcing plans to legalise medical marijuana, or cannabis.

Supporters promise a plant that could alleviate poverty and even cure cancer.

As the new law takes effect, 101 East investigates how many of these promises are hype and how many are politics.

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50 Comments

  1. John Weed on June 8, 2021 at 1:27 am

    fake gov 2014 > now 2021
    this business of king 10 any drug you can find in Thailand 🔥

  2. Haddingtonian GCP on June 8, 2021 at 1:28 am

    "Is it all politics? What in life isn’t?" Couldn’t agree more

  3. Markandeya Dasa on June 8, 2021 at 1:28 am

    Thai weed is lovely, one of the best smokes , much better than the Genetically modified stuff they have that smells to high heaven, keep cannabis natural , the way nature intended

  4. Danny Lopez on June 8, 2021 at 1:28 am

    Ganja! Ganja! Ganja! Ganja Uppercut!

  5. andreas schaetze on June 8, 2021 at 1:30 am

    THC extracts have been proven dangerous if not balanced with CBD.
    The raw form THCa (Acid) is smoother working then the carbonized (smoked or burned) THC.
    There are a few hundred secondary cannaboids wich are important too.
    The best is the natural thing.
    The leafs make great tea for the elderly to fight joint pain and insomnia.
    If you have cancer (it’s beneficial for healthy people too) stop by eating carbohydrates, it’s the super fuel to uncontrolled growth.

  6. James Laker on June 8, 2021 at 1:31 am

    Dr Ganja mascot is awesome xD

  7. Beachboy on June 8, 2021 at 1:33 am

    Only the top 5 companies in Thailand will benefit from this , lower classes will continue to bow and scrape to number 1

  8. Nina Doung on June 8, 2021 at 1:33 am

    Thailand, stop using mold invested brick weed for your studies , grow it yourself using practical organic practices , you have farms willing to grow it & the knowledge to do so .

  9. COVIDCASH on June 8, 2021 at 1:34 am

    You Giggle, but insomnia is exactly why i got it and it was successful and no hangover

  10. nina Chumnanvech on June 8, 2021 at 1:35 am

    ANUTIN IS GREEDY, UNETHICAL AND IMMORAL, PRAYUT IS PARTNER IN CRIME.
    MEDICAL TREATMENT TURN INTO RECREATIONAL THEN FULL ADDICTION, CRIMES WILL FOLLOW.THE PRISON WILL BE OVER FLOW.
    THE STRONG MIND PEOPLE WHO KNOW THE RIGHT FROM WRONG ,NO EXACTLY WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN TO THAI PEOPLE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

  11. Jonhwick Iamback on June 8, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Trust me you are definitely in the right direction.

  12. C Armstrong on June 8, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Bring on the hie sticks

  13. Onkel Marvin on June 8, 2021 at 1:41 am

    " Dr. Ganja. "……………sounds like a Jamaican reggae band !!!!!!

  14. Randy Parr on June 8, 2021 at 1:44 am

    I would very much like to get intouch with the "CANNIBIS QUEENS" of Thialand…"Seriously".

  15. _OG_l8771 on June 8, 2021 at 1:45 am

    Sogar Thailand versteht wie man Cannabis richtig und gesund benutzen kann ganz armes Deutschland

  16. Патрик on June 8, 2021 at 1:48 am

    03:00 typical Thai Weed what you get in every Reggea Bar in Thailand 😛

  17. Frank Nuyts on June 8, 2021 at 1:50 am

    Thank you FRANK NUYTS MO DAENG your welcome THAILAND !!!!!!!!

  18. Nanya-basul: EL on June 8, 2021 at 1:51 am

    I have noticed the peooke who died of aids did not smoke weed

  19. M Perks on June 8, 2021 at 1:52 am

    "Cannabis a dangerous narcotic, lol. Someone obviously doesn’t know the meaning of "narcotic."

  20. ophirdog on June 8, 2021 at 1:54 am

    Bring back the old Thai Sticks from the 70’s.

  21. Der Staat ist eine Hure on June 8, 2021 at 1:54 am

    they will destroy the prices. where is the army?

  22. virgilio timbol on June 8, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Medicinal weeds….love your enemy.greatest enemy is hate……money or gods command

  23. David Brandenburg on June 8, 2021 at 1:57 am

    they better leave the old boy alone, his kind of knowledge is hard to come by!.

  24. Onuma Hobart on June 8, 2021 at 1:57 am

    That’s the same lousy weed I get in Pattaya. I give it a 3 or 4 on a 0 to 10 scale with 10 being the best. They should at least use some good weed to do conduct their studies.

  25. TheWWWV The Weird World We Visit on June 8, 2021 at 1:58 am

    at least khun Lung can eat and is happy, isnt that all that really matters?

  26. Geofrey Williams on June 8, 2021 at 2:00 am

    A government that sees sense and sees that not only they can make the money that the pharmaceutical companies have been making, they also now have leverage against these mega corporations that hold governments at ransom. Win-win situation

  27. Gustavo Medrano on June 8, 2021 at 2:00 am

    15:37 i"ve beenlearnng about how to grow it for many years now. learning little bits a few times per year with the hope 1 day it was going to be legal and i was going to be able to grow it and that day is about to come. in 2 month it will be legal here…

  28. David Brandenburg on June 8, 2021 at 2:00 am

    its diluted a lot if it takes, half that bottle to get a buzz!. thats like having the bartender pour half the bottle of alcohol out, then refill it with water then make you a drink. its going to take a lot of drinks to get a buzz.

  29. Mark O'Cain on June 8, 2021 at 2:00 am

    Cannabis has heaps of useful applications …especially in the treatment of pain in advanced malignant disease. These poor people deserve relief.

  30. John Salazar on June 8, 2021 at 2:01 am

    This existed before man, planted by God.

  31. Ed` Bland on June 8, 2021 at 2:02 am

    I had FACEBOOK send me an INTERNET page to fill out with my story of how THC saved my brain when I wrecked and died. I had many message me asking if I lived there because it was seen logging on.
    GOD please make the FEDERAL agent stop TERRORIZING my WI-FI / COMPUTER.
    Just what are you FEDERAL agents in KALISPELL MONTANA trying to do ?
    I have been telling the same thing for well over 10 years and you have used portable routers on me which this cripple had to learn to disable with a strong MAGNET. So then you use an old CENTURY-TEL truck using old MONTANA PRISON pinstripe jumpsuit and ‘splice’ my phone line.
    Stop CYBER ATTACKING me FEDERAL FELON. There should be nobody on my WI-FI in country, it does not travel MILES !
    I have been trying to tell the world that THC has been reconnecting my ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM that is healing my 5.5 brain injury. Words means nothing so I give this;
    TRANSITIONAL METALS
    ZINC = MERCURY
    COPPER = GOLD
    NICKEL = PLATINUM
    There is a very special temper with no ‘oxygen’ at 3500F for 100 hours that TRANSITIONS.
    I do this to ‘prove’ that THC has been healing my 5.5 brain injury.
    ~ ENDOCANNABINOID SYSTEM ~ look it up ~
    I ask this in JESUS name, amen.

  32. John Marochko on June 8, 2021 at 2:04 am

    Its legal in Canada

  33. nina Chumnanvech on June 8, 2021 at 2:05 am

    " CANABIS " STARTING THE NEW FALL OF THE OUR COUNTRY.
    ENCOURAGE THE PEOPLE TO GROW CANABIST FOR PROFIT, SHAME ON YOU.
    THE CORRUPTON IN GOVERNMENT. VERY FEW WILL BE " RICH" BILLIONAAIR" THE USE FOR MEDICAL RX WILL TURN INTO FUN LOVING THING.
    THE WEAKNESS OF MIND IS THE VITIMS, THE COUNTRY IS CARELESS, THE MEMBER OF THE GOVERNMENT IS GREEDY.
    SOONER OR LATER, THE CHILDREN WILL GET THEIR HANDS ON THESE, DISASTER WILL COME CALLING OF YOUR DOORS SOON, VERY SOON.

  34. David Brandenburg on June 8, 2021 at 2:08 am

    I love how every body has forgotten that the United States sprayed poison paraquat on cannabis plants growing in Mexico, in the hopes of killing off demand but all they did was increase the cartels profits!.

  35. Phillip Ellison on June 8, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Cannabis has been along side man from the earliest records . I wonder what Thailand’s view was on the plant BEFORE the USA declared it a narcotic .

  36. David Brandenburg on June 8, 2021 at 2:09 am

    no it was a gift from God, and one that can directly make an effect with short term use!. 2 blood test in 2 years and still multiple myeloma free after living with it for 7 years to date!. of course I only had access to the flower and not the oil, but smoking for 5 years has finally killed off my cancer or so my doctor thinks!.

  37. aaroniouse on June 8, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Thai, Durban, and Hindu Kush are the best strains of cannabis imo. The whole Islamic world needs this; and they will grow the best. I can’t wait to try some Qatari weed.

  38. ꧁Galactus꧂ on June 8, 2021 at 2:10 am

    Smoking weed and Muay Thai kickboxing <3

  39. ski man on June 8, 2021 at 2:10 am

    Government is just another word for gang.

  40. Operator 9 on June 8, 2021 at 2:12 am

    wouldnt mind some thai competition. they might come up with some good stuff 😉

  41. Патрик on June 8, 2021 at 2:12 am

    20:20 god bless him, hope he wont go to jail.

  42. Osborne Mcclintic on June 8, 2021 at 2:15 am

    unfortunately, it was the united states that started the drug war… 90 yrs ago world wide…

  43. 34ey5 drift on June 8, 2021 at 2:16 am

    write to be at @420forlifedk girls and i can help

  44. Rod L. on June 8, 2021 at 2:19 am

    The hype and harshness for cannabis users is plain wrong. It is not anywhere near as dangerous as LEGAL alcohol to the body and the mind. It actually helps people in the main Anything can be overused and especially alcohol but no jail for boozers or the alcohol profiteers. It is not a hard dangerous drug like amphetamines, heroin and ice. Let’s start using same rules with marijuana as with alcohol. They are the same grade of recreational substance, but alcohol has far more social negative impact – aggression, family breakdown serious addiction, road accidents. The proper use of marijuana (by itself) in both medicine and recreation and relaxation is very beneficial and wins hands down. CHILL OUT EVERYBODY!

  45. Wulf Mountain Path on June 8, 2021 at 2:20 am

    So outstanding. Wow had no idea the outstanding fearless fact based coverage you provide this stressed out world! Gratitude from USA Asheville North Carolina.

  46. Malcolm Hathorne on June 8, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Cannabis should never have been illegal in the first place. But as far as cancer, it’s 150 million times more curable by using a fruit based diet or fasting and other methods of detoxification. Look up the raw vegan fruitarian diet. Cannabis or cannabis oil could probably help but this one guy with the esophageal cancer came up with the disease because of all the acidic food he’s been consuming. Namely meat and eggs and dairy. A plant-based and fruit based strict diet would never result in cancer. And you can cure yourself naturally and easily by making a strict change and eliminating the acidic foods. Meat eggs dairy and processed foods are acidic on a pH scale. Fruits and vegetables are alkaline! Cancer is caused by toxicity from the acidic diets.
    The prevalence of cancer in today’s world is because of how decadent our diets have become all over the world. It used to be that meat was a delicacy and it was eaten very sparingly. Now it’s on people’s plates three times a day. And simultaneously the big diseases like cancer and diabetes and heart disease have skyrocketed because of it.
    Nonetheless I think that’s pretty cool the way people go to that Buddhist temple and hang out with all of that high-grade pot being grown by monks and they stay until they feel better! I’d love to make a visit there I have to admit.

  47. Ed` Bland on June 8, 2021 at 2:21 am

    JUICE CANNABIS for THC-A that regulates without INTOXICATING.

  48. Caledonian Son on June 8, 2021 at 2:21 am

    Smokey Smokey,, happy happy.

  49. Chad Linkhart on June 8, 2021 at 2:22 am

    I need a new dispensary but I’m in c Texas and I usually purchase out of Florida Delta 8 THC in Delta 9 even Delta 10 need to find a dispensary and have real disabilities that this medication helps

  50. David Brandenburg on June 8, 2021 at 2:23 am

    good luck guy!

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