“Cases involving marijuana that are waiting for a trial date or a court decision will also be thrown out,” said Sorawis Limparangsi, a court spokesman. “This means that people in holding cells who are waiting for court cases involving marijuana will also be let go.”
Sorawis said that he doesn’t think there are many people in jail for having marijuana because this crime doesn’t usually get a harsh sentence. But people who have been arrested for more than just marijuana possession will not be let out.
The Cabinet agreed in February to the Public Health Ministry’s plan to take marijuana and hemp off the list of illegal drugs and promote them as cash crops. The plan will go into effect next Thursday, 120 days after it was announced in the Royal Gazette.