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  • Thais Allowed Six Cannabis Plants Per Household Under Draft Law
    FILE PHOTO: A man drives his motorbike near an election campaign poster in Bangkok, Thailand February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/File Photo   BANGKOK (Reuters) – A party in Thailand’s ruling coalition has proposed a draft law that would allow Thais to grow a limited amount of cannabis at home, less than a year after...

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    FILE PHOTO: A man drives his motorbike near an election campaign poster in Bangkok, Thailand February 15, 2019. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun/File Photo

     

    BANGKOK (Reuters) – A party in Thailand’s ruling coalition has proposed a draft law that would allow Thais to grow a limited amount of cannabis at home, less than a year after the country legalised the drug for medicinal purposes and research.

     

    Under Thailand’s current drug laws, recreational users of cannabis can incur tough penalties, including up to 10 years in prison for possession and hefty fines.

     

    A senior lawmaker in the Bhumjaithai Party, third-largest partner in the coalition and in charge of the health ministry, said the draft law would allow up to six marijuana plants per household. Cannabis is still a drug under Thai law.

     

    “The principle is for medical use, you can have it at home for ailments, but not smoke it on the street,” Supachai Jaisamut told Reuters.

     

    It would also allow the sale of plants to licensed institutions under the supervision of an institute for that purpose, Supachai said.

     

    The proposed Plant-based Drug Institute would have authority to purchase, extract and export cannabidiol (CBD), the chemical derived from the cannabis plant, Supachai said, comparing it to the Californian model.

     

    He said the law could be passed in 6 months after November when parliament re-opens if there was enough government support.

     

    The proposal would deliver on an election promise of the Bhumjaithai Party, which campaigned on a policy to allow Thais to grow cannabis. Its supporters say the draft law is designed to develop the Thailand’s newly legal medical marijuana industry.

     

    The Food and Drug Administration announced this month a cannabis business workshop as public and investor interest heighten after the policy was introduced.

     

    (Source: – Reuters)

    14 September 14 2019
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  • Good News Coming For Expats Regarding 90 Day Reporting – TM 28 And TM 30 Being Discussed Friday
    Picture: Daily News   Thai media has reported that foreigners will be happy with a new online application for ninety day reporting or TM 47.   They said that the app will be convenient, fast and safe.   Daily News based their brief story on comments made on the Facebook page of Dr Kobsak Pootrakool...

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    Thai media has reported that foreigners will be happy with a new online application for ninety day reporting or TM 47.

     

    They said that the app will be convenient, fast and safe.

     

    Daily News based their brief story on comments made on the Facebook page of Dr Kobsak Pootrakool who is a spokesman for the Phalang Pracharat political party.

     

    Dr Kobsak said that he had attended a meeting with immigration and the DGA (Digital Government Development Agency) on Wednesday to sort out matters relating to the app for TM 47 or the 90 day reporting requirement.

     

    Many expats and retirees have found the application hard to use, notes Thaivisa.

     

    In addition Dr Kobsak said that a meeting would be taking place on Friday to discuss matters related to TM 28 and TM 30.

     

    These relate to the requirements of individuals and landlords to report their whereabouts or those in their properties who leave their stated address for periods of longer than 24 hours.

     

    Daily News said foreigners would be cheering regarding TM 47 application developments.

     

    Thaivisa has contacted Dr Kobsak for further comment but has yet to hear back from him.

     

    (Source: – Daily News)

    12 September 12 2019
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  • Incoming Baggage To Be X-rayed At Suvarnabhumi By Next Year: Customs
      The Customs Department will by year end complete installation of 23 x-ray machines above the baggage carousels at Suvarnabhumi Airport in a move to improve the efficiency of security checks of luggage of inbound passengers and to prevent goods smuggling. The machines will be switched on early next year.   “The machines will help...

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    The Customs Department will by year end complete installation of 23 x-ray machines above the baggage carousels at Suvarnabhumi Airport in a move to improve the efficiency of security checks of luggage of inbound passengers and to prevent goods smuggling. The machines will be switched on early next year.

     

    “The machines will help improve the security check of luggage transported from inbound planes before the passengers can claim them,” Customs director-general Krisada Jinawijarana said on Friday. “At present we use the random check method by human staff, which results in smuggled goods being slipped through sometimes.”

     

    Krisada noted that with the x-ray machines, customs officials can see what is in the luggage and immediately prompt the passengers to pay the Customs duty before leaving the airport.

     

    “This measure is one of the policies assigned by the Ministry of Finance in order to improve the efficiency of tax collection,” he said.

     

    Meanwhile, Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana said that in addition to installing the x-ray machines, he had also ordered the Customs Department to use internet technology systems to improve their working processes.

     

    “The government aims to establish the National Single Window (NSW), a comprehensive network of import-export database that connects all related departments nationwide and with those of neighbouring countries,” he said.

     

    “The system is scheduled to be up and running in three months and we only have two countries left to connect with – and that should also be finished by year-end.”

     

    “As for the x-ray machines at Suvarnabhumi Airport, they will not only help with tax collection, but also prevent the smuggling of sensitive goods into the country, such as agricultural products, palm oil, fuel oil and drugs,” said Uttama.

     

    (Source: – The Nation)

    7 September 07 2019
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  • Thailand Drops In Ranking Of Best Places For Expats – But Which Country Is Number 1?
    Thailand is less popular as a destination for expats compared to one year ago, according to the latest Expat Insider survey.   Published Thursday, the Expat Insider 2019 survey ranks the best places in the world to live as an expat.   The survey ranked Thailand in 25th place out of 64 destinations, a fall...

    Thailand is less popular as a destination for expats compared to one year ago, according to the latest Expat Insider survey.

     

    Published Thursday, the Expat Insider 2019 survey ranks the best places in the world to live as an expat.

     

    The survey ranked Thailand in 25th place out of 64 destinations, a fall of seven places from the same survey carried out in 2018.

     

    From 7 to 28 March, InterNations, the world’s largest expat networking group, surveyed a total of 20,259 expats, representing 182 nationalities, living in 187 countries or territories.

     

    Respondents were asked to score a total of 48 different factors concerning various aspects of living abroad.

     

    The results were then used to form a score in five main areas: Quality of Life, Ease of Settling In, Working Abroad, Family Life, and Personal Finance.

     

    Thailand still affordable and good for those looking for love

     

    While Thailand received middling results in most categories, it did score highly in the Relationships & Romance category, where it was ranked 4th best destination for dating and finding love.

     

    Despite its drop in the rankings, Thailand also scored highly when it came to expats recommending Thailand to friends and colleagues.

     

    It also scored well in the Personal Finance category (13) where respondents were asked to rate their financial situation and their disposable household income with regard to covering all living expenses.

     

    Some of the categories where Thailand scored poorly included Safety & Security (45), Digital Life (46), Economic & Job Security (37) and Language Barrier (44).

     

    Overall Taiwan was ranked as the best destination for expats due to the high quality of life, good personal finances and great working life. It ranked best in the world for affordable and high quality healthcare.

     

    Nearly all expats in Taiwan rate the quality (92%) and affordability (89%) of medical positively – no other destination has performed better for either factor since Taiwan entered the survey.

     

    “The health insurance system and safety are what makes Taiwan attractive to me,” said an Indian expat.

     

    A Canadian expat living in Taiwan told InterNations: “I love that Taiwan is safe like Japan but with a wild freedom like Vietnam.”

     

    The biggest obstacle for expats living in Taiwan was the language barrier, with more than 50 percent of expats reporting difficulties in both learning and communicating in Mandarin.

     

    In second place was Vietnam, which has been the subject of increased discussion (both good and bad) amongst expats commenting on the Thaivisa forum and Facebook page.

     

    Of Vietnam, the survey said: “There seems to be no better place for finances and working abroad than Vietnam: it ranks first in both indices.

     

    “Together with the improved ratings for quality of life and ease of settling in, this means it reaches the top 3 for the first time, ranking second overall”.

     

    Vietnam also scored favourably for friendliness, with a Swiss expat saying “the people are amazing”.

     

    However, pollution was a concern for a British expat: “I don’t like the traffic, pollution, and bad public transport systems”.

     

    Portugal, which was ranked 3rd overall was the country that respondents are most likely to recommend for expat life. It also scored well for feeling at home and friendliness, while the local attitude towards foreign residents was also good.

     

    The release of the survey comes at a time when Thaivisa has received an increasing number of posts from expats who claim they are considering their future in Thailand and from others who are actively looking to relocate to other countries or return to their home country.

     

    How many of those users posting actually make the move to pastures new is unclear but there are active discussions taking place on the forum for expats in Thailand considering moving to the likes of Vietnam, Latin America and Europe.

     

    (Source: – The Nation)

    6 September 06 2019
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  • 18 Provinces On Alert For Flash Floods, Forest Runoffs, Landslides
      The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DPMD) called on its provincial offices in 18 provinces on Tuesday to prepare manpower and equipment to tackle possible flash floods, forest runoffs and landslides due to heavy rainfall from the influence of tropical storm Kajiki, which was as of this morning centered in Hue, Vietnam, and moving...

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    The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DPMD) called on its provincial offices in 18 provinces on Tuesday to prepare manpower and equipment to tackle possible flash floods, forest runoffs and landslides due to heavy rainfall from the influence of tropical storm Kajiki, which was as of this morning centered in Hue, Vietnam, and moving slowly south-southwest.

     

    DPMD chief Chayaphol Thitisak said the storm would bring thundershowers with heavy downpours in some areas in 55 provinces during the week, but 18 of them – Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan, Phrae, Uttaradit, Phichit, Tak, Phetchabun, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Loei, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Ranong and Phang Nga – were deemed particularly at risk of flash floods, forest runoffs and landslides.

     

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    Meanwhile, 12 northern and northeastern provinces – Phrae, Phitsanulok, Uttaradit, Nan, Phetchabun, Udon Thani, Sakhon Nakhon, Kalasin, Roi Et, Yasothon and Ubon Ratchathani – were under watch for overflowing rivers, besides flash floods.

     

    The four eastern provinces of Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat, as well as six southern provinces of Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun were also under watch and warned about strong winds/waves. Small boats have been prohibited from sailing during the next 1-2 day.

     

    (Source: – The Nation)

    4 September 04 2019
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  • Prawit To Visit Khon Kaen On September 7
    Prawit   Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan will visit Khon Kaen on Saturday to inspect the flood situation and hand out land deed titles.   Speaking to reporters before attending the weekly Cabinet meeting at Government House, Prawit said he would visit Khon Kaen to chair a ceremony that will hand over land deed...

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    Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan will visit Khon Kaen on Saturday to inspect the flood situation and hand out land deed titles.

     

    Speaking to reporters before attending the weekly Cabinet meeting at Government House, Prawit said he would visit Khon Kaen to chair a ceremony that will hand over land deed titles to farmers. The titles have been retrieved from loan sharks from whom the farmers had sought loans.

     

    Prawit added that he would not accompany Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha to visit and inspect the floods in Phitsanulok and Sukhothai.

     

    (Source: The Nation)

    3 September 03 2019
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  • More Rain Ahead, Storm Gathers Strength
    The Meteorological Department warned of more rainy days ahead on Monday as it upgraded the power of a new storm moving towards mainland China.   The weather agency issued a warning on Sunday for rain and possible downpours continuing until Tuesday from the new storm. from the new storm. On Monday, the department upgraded it from...

    The Meteorological Department warned of more rainy days ahead on Monday as it upgraded the power of a new storm moving towards mainland China.

     

    Flooding in Muang district of Khon Kaen on Monday morning after heavy overnight  rain. (Photo by Chakrapan Nathanri)

    The weather agency issued a warning on Sunday for rain and possible downpours continuing until Tuesday from the new storm. from the new storm.

    On Monday, the department upgraded it from a depression to a tropical storm and said the rain will linger on until Wednesday.

    Rain is forecast for throughout the northern region on Monday and Tuesday, and to continue in the northeastern provinces into Wednesday.

    Meteorological Department director-general Phuwieng Prakhammintara also warned of flash floods and runoff in areas pounded by heavy rain. (continues below)

    Khon Kaen is one of the hardest hit provinces to date, with widespread flooding, although storm Podul has now passed beyond Thailand – only to be replaced by a new storm threat.

    Ban Phai District was ravaged by a flash flooding on the weekend, with some areas under water up to  three metres deep. Vehicles were submerged and people sought safety on the top floors of their homes. Many were evacuated to refuges on dry ground.

    Muang district of Khon Kaen was deluged by rain overnight. Flooded roads on Monday morning caused traffic congestion.

    Runoff from the Phetchabun mountain range flooded Wang Thong district of Phitsanulok and Lom Sak district in Phetchabun.

    The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported almost 40,000 households in 26 provinces were affected by the heavy rain. Rescuers moved 220 people in Ban Phai district of Khon Kaen and 51 residents of Na Noi district in Nan to higher ground.

    (Source: – Bangkok Post)

    2 September 02 2019
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  • Widespread Flooding In NE As storm Podul Moves West Today
    Widespread flooding was reported on Saturday in several of Thailand’s northeastern provinces as Podul, which has now weakened to low pressure cell, loomed over the northeastern province of Loei at 4am and was moving slowly westward. In its 16th announcement, issued at 4am on Saturday, the Meteorological Department reported that the low pressure cell will...

    Widespread flooding was reported on Saturday in several of Thailand’s northeastern provinces as Podul, which has now weakened to low pressure cell, loomed over the northeastern province of Loei at 4am and was moving slowly westward.

    In its 16th announcement, issued at 4am on Saturday, the Meteorological Department reported that the low pressure cell will continue to bring rain, with isolated heavy showers, to most parts of the country.

    The weatherman also warned people living along natural water ways and at the foot of mountains to brace for flash flooding.

    Heavy to very heavy rain is forecast in the provinces of Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Tak, Sukhothai, Uttradit, Phitsanuloke, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, Phetchabun, Loei, Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, central Kanchanaburi, Uthai Thani, Suphan Buri, Chainat, Nakhon Sawan, Lop Buri, Saraburi, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Phetchaburi, Ranong, Phang-nga and Phuket.

    Meanwhile, netizens reported flooding in their communities in several northeastern provinces.

    A Twitter report from the Chaiyaphum public disaster mitigation unit said a bridge in Tambon Him Ngom was damaged by flooding and has become impassable.

    In Tambon Na Wiang of Senangkhanikhom district of Amnat Charoen province, the approach path to a bridge caved in due to flooding, making the bridge impassable to all automobiles.

    A Facebook post from Dawpasuk Burana reported that several houses in Ban Noi Non Sawang, in Ban Phai district of Khon Kaen, were badly flooded, forcing many residents to move onto the roofs of their flooded houses.

    The bypass road from Roi Et to Maha Sarakham has been flooded since yesterday and rendered impassable to all vehicles.

    (Source: – Thai PBS)

    1 September 01 2019
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  • D-Day! September Heralds The Start Of Less Carnage On The Thai Roads
    Picture: Daily News   Next month will see nationwide campaigns to do something about the appalling carnage on the Thai roads.   The targets are public transport vehicles of all kinds and the staff who drive them.   More than a million vehicles will be checked and 150,000 drivers will have their eyes tested.  ...

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    Next month will see nationwide campaigns to do something about the appalling carnage on the Thai roads.

     

    The targets are public transport vehicles of all kinds and the staff who drive them.

     

    More than a million vehicles will be checked and 150,000 drivers will have their eyes tested.

     

    In addition “Checking Points” at gas stations throughout the country will check for public transport drivers driving drunk.

     

    The ideas are the baby of new transport minister Saksayam Chidchob who wants to see less road death and more order on his nation’s roadways.

     

    The death toll in Thailand is among the highest in the world at around 25,000 annually. Though the majority are motorcyclists many people die while using public transport as a result of faulty vehicles or drunk and incompetent drivers, notes Thaivisa.

     

    Daily News announced two “D-Days” in their story.

     

    On September 2nd – next Monday – Department of Land Transport staff will begin checking 150, 747 vehicles registered with the DLT. This will take three months.

     

    They will also check the capabilities of 1,203,790 personnel for color recognition, reaction times and long and short vision.

     

    The 16th of September is the second D-Day – this is when 245 “Checking Points” will be set up in gas stations.

     

    Thai media is using the English term for these check points.

     

    These will be 90 kms apart on 111 roads encompassing 22,048 kms of the nation’s roads.

     

    The idea is to have off-road checkpoints to avoid traffic jams and speed things up.

     

    Drivers will have checks for alcohol with a ten minute limit for checking each person.

     

    Passengers will have to exit the vehicle and perhaps go and use lavatories before re-boarding. They will be discouraged from slowing things down by going into convenience stores.

     

    Checking Points will be set up 24 hours a day 365 days a year – no holidays.

     

    Daily News said that the scheme will be widened to include taxi drivers and truck drivers later.

     

    (Source: – Daily News)

    30 August 30 2019
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  • All Cigarettes In Thailand Sold In Drab Packaging Starting September 12
      Noting that tobacco companies have started complying with Thailand’s Standardised Packaging Regulation two weeks ahead of the required deadline, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance is commending Thailand being the first country in the ASEAN Region and Asia to usher in standardised tobacco packaging.   Starting September 12, 2019 with a 90 day full...

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    Noting that tobacco companies have started complying with Thailand’s Standardised Packaging Regulation two weeks ahead of the required deadline, the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance is commending Thailand being the first country in the ASEAN Region and Asia to usher in standardised tobacco packaging.

     

    Starting September 12, 2019 with a 90 day full phase-out of old cigarette stocks by December 12, 2019, all cigarettes in Thailand must be sold in drab brown-coloured packs with cigarette brand names printed in a standardised font type, size, colour, and location, without brand colours or logos.

     

    The new standardised packaging complements Thailand’s pictorial health warnings, which occupy the upper 85% of the front and back panels of packs, currently the largest in ASEAN.

     

    “We congratulate the Thai government for this important public health milestone and urge the Ministry of Public Health to strictly monitor compliance and impose penalties on tobacco companies that do not abide by the new law,” said Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, Executive Director of SEATCA.

     

    Standardised packaging reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products, eliminates tobacco packaging as a form of advertising, and increases the noticeability and effectiveness of pictorial health warnings. More importantly, this also reduces youth initiation to tobacco use by restricting the tobacco industry’s ability to market to young people, encourages quitting among current tobacco users, and helps prevent ex-users from relapsing.

     

    Thailand joins 15 other countries that already require standardised tobacco packaging, namely Australia, France, the United Kingdom, Norway, Ireland, Hungary, New Zealand, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Canada, Uruguay, Slovenia, Belgium, and Israel. At least 13 other countries are in varying stages of introducing standardized packaging laws.

     

    Singapore will be the second ASEAN country to implement this important tobacco control measure. Its Tobacco Regulations 2019 require that all tobacco products (including cigarettes, cigarillos, cigars, beedies, ang hoon and other roll-your-own tobacco products) must fully comply with standardised packaging starting July 1,2020.

     

    “Implementing this life-saving measure contained in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Singapore and Thailand have blazed a path that neighbouring ASEAN countries must follow,” said Dorotheo.

     

    (Source: – The Thaiger)

    30 August 30 2019
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