Section 44 to ease ya ba ban

Paiboon says social problems will lessen
The Bangkok Post (Thailand)
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

paiboonThe Justice Ministry will seek the use of Section 44 under the interim charter to remove methamphetamine, or ya ba, from the dangerous narcotics list to allow health authorities to make medical use of the substance. Speaking at a meeting on drugs control, Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya said that though a bill is being reviewed to reform the law on drugs, which could allow the controlled use of methamphetamine, he can speed things up under the powerful Section 44. Gen Paiboon said the bill will seek to distinguish drug abusers from drug traffickers. (See also: Downgrading ‘yaba’ does not make it legal, says Paiboon)