Several governments have legalized the planting and sale of cannabis for recreational purposes, but such action requires good preparation, including mandatory and widespread warnings. (Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP)
Two months ago, the coronavirus would still have been a “sexy” subject during the debate of no confidence. But the pertinent the numbers are falling and the economic suffering has been too linked to the global pandemic and the war in Ukraine to be an effective weapon in Parliament. That leaves the “legalization” of cannabis.
The opposition motion of no confidence was drafted in conventional languagevery vague way. Thus, any current issue, even if it was practically non-existent at the time the motion was drafted, can steal the show. Cannabis ‘legalization’ does the trick because there is no hotter topic to date.
Proclaimed “benefits” of the “legalization” of cannabis would have take time, while alarming reports, hearsay and rumors have been numerous and continuous already. Equally important, the issue will allow the Pheu Thai-led opposition to soften Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, the leader of the Bhumjaithai party who has appeared to climb the list of the opposition party’s biggest enemies these last time.
The “Red Shirts” movement, the power base of the Pheu Thai, packed the Ubon Ratchathani provincial airport recently to welcome Paetongtarn Shinawatra, who led the key party members on mission regain control of Si Sa Ket, following the defection of thethree deputies in Bhumjaithai. He was a political devnewsworthy elopment of Bhumjaithai in particular.
The problem is not that Paetongtarn‘Thaksin Shinawatra’s father had lured politicians from other parties to defect to him before, then calling on defectors linked to Bhumjaithai “traitors” stinks of hypocrisy. Iyou‘how is it “the plan” Pheu Thai no longer focuses exclusively on Prayut Chan-o-cha.
The next censorship should see Anutin get some extra attention. Palang Pracharath has been tamed. Democrats don’t seem to be recovering anytime soon. Prayut was constantly bruised. Attacks must therefore be concentrated on Bhumjaithai. After all, his leader was a strong candidate for prime minister two years ago and could still be Again the next time.
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The current opposition does not seem formidable when it comes to raising allegations of corruption. For the past two years, the bloc has targeted a vulnerable Cabinet and is backed by mainstream media, Again he failed to shake Prayut government with explosive corruption charges. All the censorships ended in a hurry, with no lingering sequelae regarding graft claims made on the floor.
This weakness, according to some, was offset by the apparently effective ability to pound targets with continuous rhetoric or the amplification of cases that seem related. Negative cannabis news has provided an ideal opportunity, especially when dealing with accusations of inefficiency or management failures.
The tactic worked well when COVID-19 threatened to cause a widespread health crisis, opportunism and detrimental exploitation of loopholes. However, infections and deaths are low now, whVaccination has been stepped up and some key figures on the opposition side have been embroiled in new adverse reports about the vaccines themselves.
the prior The motion accused the Prayut government of enriching itself through unscrupulous vacscinema programs and therefore flourishing on “corpses of compatriots.” Many Thais have been deprived of opportunities to get vaccinated due to the corruption and inefficiency of the “merchant of death”says the motion.
This time it will be cannabis. The risks are many. Frequent and misinformed use can pose a health and safety hazard. Several governments haWe have legalized the planting and sale of cannabis for recreational purposes, but such action requires good preparation, including mandatory and widespread warnings.
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Potential topics to raise include negative effects on the health of the user, possible harm to children or fetuses, the possibility of road and machinery accidents, productivity issues, tendency to abuse on one occasion, possibility of becoming addicted or dependentthe possible impact of “second-hand” smoke, the possibility of disturbances in the development of young people, participation _ or the absence of _ health professionals and more.
Anutin will have a lot to answer. Prayut will have more or less tTo deal with the same old tricks in the fourth censorship debate his government had to endure. Join the two in the blacklisted from the opposition are nine other Cabinet members. The Pheu Thai party warned it would be business as usual for the prime minister, and there was little mention of cannabis as a potential highlight.
To significantly differentiate this debate from the previous three, and to do what makes political sense Led by Pheu Thai the opposition will turn to cannabis. Unless he has something else up his sleeve, of course.
By Tulsathit Taptim