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It became clear during the Parliamentary hearings into the Cannabis Bill, that the real legislative rascal in the room is the Plant Improvement Act which ignores local research and forces growers to import seed instead of using local landraces for industral cannabis

How to Strangle the Hemp Baby at Birth: Plant Improvement Act Exposed is an Insult to SA Cannabis Cultivation Culture, Ignores Years of Local Research and Forces Reliance on Untested Imported Genetics

The Chief made his submission to Parliament on 23 May 2023, saying that local landraces were used for  a variety of purposes, including industrial use. He appealed to MP's to support the Mpondoland legacy growers as they were being increasingly marginalized by cannabis reform.

Voice of Reason from Mpondoland: Chief Zwelinkhanyile Diko Tells Parliament: Keep it Simple, Just Classify Local Landraces as Industrial Cannabis

The Justice Department took flak in Parliament this week during stakeholder input into the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill where it became evident that state law-makers are clueless as to what Government's intended vision for cannabis is. They remain conceptually and technically completely out of their depth - and lazy to boot as they have not bothered to bring any rational evidence to back up what is truly a pathetic legislative interpretation of the 2018 Constitutional Court ruling legalizing the private consumption of cannabis.

Justice Dept Admits No Rational Evidence Behind Plant Limits in Cannabis Bill as State Lawyers Come Under Fire in Parliament

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Thailand to Use Anti-Smoking Laws to Restrict Adult-Use Cannabis Consumption

This report from the Bangkok Post

8 June 2022 at 22:00:00

Tobacco Control Law to be used to discourage adult-use smoking

Tobacco Control Law to be used to discourage adult-use smoking

The tobacco control law will be used to ensure marijuana is used by households for health and medical reasons, not recreational purposes, while a new draft law on cannabis control is being deliberated in parliament, the Ministry of Public Health said on Friday, 20 May 2022.

From 9 June 2022, when cannabis will be officially removed from the Type 5 narcotics list, the 2017 Tobacco Control Act will be employed in lieu of the Cannabis Control Bill being passed and taking effect, said Dr Kiattisak Wongrajit, permanent secretary for public health.

The main purpose of invoking the tobacco control law against the recreational use of cannabis when it becomes a legal product is to encourage enthusiasts to use it to relieve certain health conditions and promote good health at the household level, he said.

The Public Health Ministry’s committee on tobacco control is considering extending its scope to cover pot smoking as second-hand smoke can impact other people, he said.

On Thursday, the ministry signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Agriculture to collaborate in ensuring cannabis will be used for the reasons cited to support its decriminalisation, Dr Kiattisak said.

Agriculture Department in charge of quality control

Raphiphat Chansiwong, director-general of the Department of Agriculture, said the department is now responsible for ensuring only high-grade species of cannabis plants are imported for growing in Thailand in the interests of quality control.

The department looks set to use at least three laws to control the import of marijuana seeds from overseas, namely plant control, plant species control and plant species protection, he said.

“Unless these laws are invoked to control imports of marijuana plant seeds, low-quality species will likely be brought into the country,” Dr Kiattisak said.

Thailand already has at least 10 species of local cannabis plants to choose from and the department has produced over 1 million seedlings to supply to interested growers, he said.

In related news, one Lao national and four Thais were arrested and about 600 kilogrammes of dried cannabis seized in a police operation carried out from late Thursday until yesterday morning in Muang district of Bueng Kan, police said.

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