Thai pro-marijuana party in high demand after disputed vote

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BANGKOK, Thailand – A super-wealthy construction scion who ran a pro-marijuana platform ahead of Thailand’s election has emerged as a highly courted candidate as two main parties need his allegiance – and party seats – after the disputed vote. The Bhumjaithai Party – meaning “Thai Pride” – is fronted by mega-wealthy Anutin Charnvirakul, an amateur pilot, son of a construction tycoon, and unlikely proponent of the medical benefits of marijuana.

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