Thailand & Pattaya News, from Fabulous 103fm (14 June 2022)
As Thailand enters a new era of legal mar!juana, and with shops and bar type businesses popping up, the issue for Thai police is how to deal with those who drive under the influence. Previously any sign of illegal dru gs in a driver’s system linked to penalties but as the consumption of gan ja is now legalised, albeit with the abn on high THC, it’s expected that guidelines for police, along with changes to the law WILL be implemented soon to avoid a new breed of bad drivers hitting the roads. Changes to the law have come quickly and without, perhaps all the Is dotted and T’s crossed, including the question as to what volume of plants is seen as a commercial enterprise. Currently, growing is intended for personal use unless a full commercial licence has been issued.
Commercial standard Diesel sold at the pumps rose in price again yesterday for the third week in a row, to 34.94 baht a litre. The one baht increase sees the fuel hitting the ceiling pre-set by the state and further price increases will require higher approval. The price, based on world trade rates, is subsidised by the state to prevent mass increases in transport prices which would result in higher retail prices to consumers. A check at markets, though, shows that meat and vegetable prices have risen considerably in recent months.
Thailand’s crime suppression unit initiated tactical raids on numerous illegal weapons dealers yesterday, seeing raids in Chonburi province, along with Bangkok, Kanchanaburi, Udon and Chiang Mai. All 21 raids within those provinces is the result of a continued undercover operation into a network spearheaded by a single alleged mafia gang leader. In addition, warrants have been and will be issued for numerous people who have allowed their legitimate gun purchasing power, due to their various allegiances, to increase the supply of the illegal arms dealers who supply, among other customers, buyers from Burma where civil war continues. In Chonburi province, a local assistant village chief in Sattahip has been charged with falsification of documents in return for cash.
Following a public outrage that a British pedophile had managed to live here in the Pattaya region, for 8 years before his recent arrest, thai police have told the media that 46 yr old William Dempster had kept under the radar since arriving here, having his thai girlfriend make all any any payments for their home and life AND without any visa, had been untraceable until, it’s believed, Britain’s Scotland Yard received a tip off which they passed on to their Thai counterparts.
With the newly elected mayor expecting to be officially announced as such, following the rerun of elections in two areas of the city where ballots had previously been.. LOST.. Objections have been raised by the man who came second in the race to the corner office, claiming that a person or person un named BOUGHT votes, and allowed some polling station officers to partake in their rally FOLLOWING the win. Khun Sinchai isn’t going to go away either, he has filed his complaint and demanded a delay to the official confirmation until all questions are answered.
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