Bangkok: Thai Minister of Health W hemp Defending Anutin Charnvirakul He caught the eye during elections Sunday when he arrived to cast his ballot at a polling station wearing a dark T-shirt with bright green marijuana leaves.
The 56-year-old is the prime ministerial candidate for the Bhumjaithai Party, which campaigned on a promise to promote Medical marijuana After successfully pushing to decriminalize the substance last year.
Without the relevant regulations in place, recreational use has soared, angering conservatives in the Southeast Asian country. Anutin promised that, if re-elected, he would tighten regulations to limit recreational use and restrict the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes only.
Anutin flashed a smile as he exited the voting booth and refused to answer reporters’ questions about the symbolism of his shirt.
His party, which ran on the same platform in the 2019 elections, came in fifth place at the time, giving it a place in the current army-backed government. It is likely to repeat this performance this year.
Polling stations will close at 1700 local time (1000 GMT) in Thailand, where 52 million eligible voters could upset the status quo of a military-backed government, headed by the retired general, the prime minister. Prayuth Chan Ocha.
Prayuth takes on the populist platform of the opposition Pheu Thai Party, backed by the billionaire Shinawatra family, which has won every elections in Thailand Since 2001.


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