Government opposition ‘Pheu Thai’ party to reintroduce its policy of War on Drugs, including cannabis, following Nong Bua Lamphu mass shooting

Bangkok –

Sitting government opposition party ‘Pheu Thai’ is planning to reintroduce its policy of strict drug elimination as well as the review of firearm possession among security personnel after the tragic incident of the Nong Bua Lamphu mass shooting on Thursday, October 6th.

Party leader Chonlanan Srikaew expressed their deepest condolences on behalf of the party members towards the families of the victims and the injuries of the mass killing in Nong Bua Lamphu province and vowed to revive its “War on Drug” policy to eradicate drugs from Thai society and prevent the recurrence of the tragedy.

Pheu Thai also mentioned cannabis, despite no signs of it involved in the mass shooting. Some members of the party have previously called for cannabis to be returned as an illegal narcotics drug after it was decriminalized in June. Party members claim cannabis can be a gateway drug to harder drugs like methamphetamine.

The party also urged relevant agencies to seek solutions to four concerning issues as follows:

  1. Agencies with armed personnel must pay attention, find the cause of the problem, and find motivation in order to set out remedial measures of the incident.
  2. Measures for recruiting personnel into an agency must be at no risk of violent incidents, especially if the personnel are granted with weapon possession. There must be a mental and environmental assessment for personnel in order to prevent risk of any types of violent acts.
  3. Relevant agencies must assess and solve working environment issues if it could trigger any personnel to cause violent behavior by considering contributing factors to the incident.
  4. In order to prevent tremendous loss, there must be an alert notification for the public. A strict warning system must be laid out and implemented.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.