The Public Health Ministry’s directive to classify cannabis and hemp smoke as a “nuisance” as of today, June 15, was published in the Thai Royal Gazette.

The notice claims that smoking cannabis and hemp for recreational purposes can have an adverse impact on other people’s health or living situations. Particles in the smoke from the plants pose a risk of illness via inhalation, including bronchitis, asthma, and lung conditions.

According to public health law, it is an annoyance to prescribe the smoke of cannabis, hemp, and other related plants in order to control and prevent such impact that worsens or harms the health of adjacent inhabitants or anyone else.

Under the Public Health Act, violators could be subject to a maximum fine of 25,000 baht and/or a three-month prison sentence.