Khao San’s ‘420’ celebrations cancelled

Model planned for Khao San Road had been cancelled following criticism that the occasion would breach Thailand’s laws that prohibit smoking hashish in public places.
A local group of vendors meant to organise the Cannabis Day Showcase event with a parade alongside the road, as cannabis has been faraway from the narcotics listing. However, the event was met with disapproval as it might permit people to smoke hashish in public for recreational purposes, somewhat than for medicinal use – resulting in occasion organiser Khaosan 420 cancelling it and hoping to reschedule for June 9, the anniversary of the plant’s decriminalisation.
Sanga Ruangwattanakul, president of the Khao San Business Association, acknowledged the organiser’s decision as the best one since the event had by no means gained official authourisation.
Over 50 metropolitan police officers, accompanied by representatives from the Phra Nakhon district office and the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine, patrolled the realm to verify no hashish laws were violated.
April 20 is taken into account a symbolic day amongst hashish lovers, as the quantity “420” has become synonymous with cannabis tradition.
“I emphasise that people caught utilising hashish for leisure functions will be apprehended based on the Public Health Ministry’s hashish control regulations,” said Mr Ruangwattanakul.
Pol. Col. Sanong Saengmanee, Superintendent of Chana Songkhram Police Station, disclosed that the police have been initially informed that the group deliberate to carry a tutorial meeting, to which they consented. However, the occasion was cancelled round midnight..

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