The Thai political party that spearheaded a campaign to legalize cannabis nationwide gained significantly more seats in Sunday's general election than previously estimated by a Nation Group survey, reported Bloomberg.
According to data from the Election Commission, Bhumjaithai Party, led by Thailand's health minister Anutin Charnvirakul, who ran unsuccessfully for Prime Minister, garnered 70 seats in the 500-member House of Representatives, six times more than anticipated.
However, the opposition bloc led by Move Forward and Pheu Thai parties, which won over 280 seats rejecting the military-backed parties that have ruled in the country for nearly a decade, opposes legal recreational cannabis, despite estimations the sector could be worth $1.2 billion by 2025.
The coalition that will form a new parliament in Thailand wants cannabis to be classified once again as a narcotic, with its use restricted to medical purposes only, reported Hindustan Times. Yet, with the Bhumjaithai party set to win the third-most number of parliament seats, prospects for the legalization of cannabis are not so dim after all.
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