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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (26 May 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

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VERY LATEST NEWS FROM THAILAND in English (26 May 2023) from Fabulous 103fm Pattaya

Ganga law quandary in Thailand
Huge Thai corporations are said to be waiting on the sidelines to see what the new parliament will do, regarding cannabis laws.  Those corporations for sure are looking at the business which they could quickly dominate IF new laws allow the current trade in selling to all.  That however isn’t likely to be the case as, with the exception of the runner up party, 3rd place, all are determined to see new laws quickly implemented.  We are told to expect sales to be restricted for medical use only, which would need a pharmacist or doctor to “prescribe”. Licensing will be a lot stricter and the current ban on imported weed, which is often ignored, will be applied strictly too.  But with everyone from universities to mom and pop operations getting in on the growing and sales, the expectation is that the wild west of weed will be short lived.   Prices have already dropped in most shops to a fraction of the cost from when it was illegal, so much so that growers are more and more opening their own cannabis clinics to capture what profit is left.

Thailand’s official Election results announced
The Thai Election Commission  officially  published the general election numbers yesterday which see the  The Move Forward Party listing nearly 15 million votes, and 151 member parliament seats. The Pheu Thai Party had 11 million votes and 141 member parliament seats. The Bhumjaithai Party had 1.1 million votes and  71 member parliament seats.

Emergency Decree extended for the 72nd time in Southern Thailand 
The emergency situation committee has renewed the Emergency decree in most of Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat provinces, the deep south of Thailand, through to September 19th.  Reported as the 72nd extension of the decree it is in effect as that region has severe unrest and authorities continuously battle against what are often terrorists using religion as a motive.

Over 100 police officers raid Nonthaburi gang hideout 
A gang that got into a shootout in a Nonthaburi noodle shop this week is being sought by police who sent in over 100 men to one location where gang members were thought to be hiding out. 3 bystanders were also injured in the melee of bullets that fired  two ways.

Indian man arrested for iPhone snatch
When police arrested an Indian man on Krabi, they caught him red handed, holding an iPhone he was alleged to have stolen from a Thai woman there. CCTV from an eatery proved his downfall.

‘Where’s my lottery winning?’ says Thai granny
And a 93 year old Granny has gone on record in Kanchanaburi province as claiming that her granddaughter stole her winning lottery tickets.  Seems she gave it to the younger one to check as her eyes aren’t that good, and was told she hadn’t won but later the granddaughter put in a claim on a winning ticket.. Who’s ticket?  Well, that will be for the authorities to decide.

Lion man arrested on Soi 6
Beggar disguised as a lion arrested on Soi 6

Meanwhile and on Pattaya’s Soi of sin, police arrested a beggar in Soi 6, who dressed as a lion, causing complaints from bar owners that he was interfering with their.. daily business. Armed with a large drum he beat the street begging. Police also removed his outfit and it was confiscated.

100 meter long oil slick on Jomtien beach 
A small oil slick off the newly revamped Jomtien beachfront was reported by deck chair vendors to authorities yesterday.    With some NOT opening for business, as the slick was likely to drive beach lovers away,  the 100 meter long slick was being checked out by marine teams who are expected to clear up the mess, likely dumped from a passing ship en route to the ports.

Officials inspect ‘stinking’  Pattaya canal 
In scenes reminiscent of centuries past, officials inspecting the drainage canal on the South side of Pattaya discovered a large number of buildings ALL with drainage pipes literally dumping effluent into the canal.  As others wonder WHY the canal stinks, officials know now for sure.  And as the canal is being renovated we are told that dumping raw effluent, and illegal buildings will be banned.  That.. may take quite a while.

Pattaya High-Speed Rail link plans underway 
The Provincial Administrative Organization discussed the High-Speed Rail Linking Three Airports in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) area at an open meeting held at the Holiday inn yesterday, to present detailed project information, including the scope of the study, development concepts, work plans, and providing an opportunity for participants to express their opinions.  In the future, when the development is realized, it will provide convenience for the people in the area and promote travel by public transportation, reducing the use of private cars.

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