Cannabis Legalization: A Historic “4/20” for Thais

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Several thousand Thais attend Saturday, April 20 the first celebration of cannabis organized in the kingdom after the legalization of marijuana for medical use. LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA / AFP

This “four-twenty” day, or April 20th, the world day during which supporters of cannabis legislation is coming together, has a special flavor in Thailand this year. Some scenes take place while they were unimaginable just a few months ago in this very conservative kingdom. A marijuana festival is held, for example, until Sunday in rural Buriram province, a few hundred kilometers northeast of Bangkok.

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Several thousand Thais attend Saturday, April 20 at the first celebration of cannabis organized in the kingdom after the legalization of marijuana for medical use. Among them, young people, patients, scientists, but also monks and politicians. Many multicolored flags, white teepees and capitals were erected for the occasion. Stands offer rolling papers or pipes as the songs of Reggae Pope Bob Marley resound. Others exhibit greenhouse materials and lighting necessary for culture, while several speakers

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