There may not be enough time to implement the act during the current parliament, which will end by March.
The Cannabis Act failed to advance in parliament after a majority of lawmakers voted against it last night.
Lawmakers voted 198-136 against advancing the bill, which seeks to establish regulations about the manufacturing, trade, and use of marijuana from the meeting agenda. Twelve abstained; one did not vote.
Opposition to the bill came from Satit Wongnongtoey of the old guard Democrat Party and Suthin Klangsaeng of the main opposition Pheu Thai Party, who cited existing loopholes and raised concerns about cannabis being widely used recreationally rather than medically as proposed by health minister and Bhumjaithai Party leader Anutin Charnvirakul.
A coalition of Democrat Party MPs even proposed relisting it as a narcotic and only leaving hemp decriminalized.
Bhumjaithai Party’s Chada Thaiset said that if the bill was to be withdrawn, there might not be enough time to implement it during the current parliament, which will end by March.
That would leave the current status quo, under which weed is unregulated and fully legal, in place into the next year and in the hands of the next government.
Parliament will go on recess Sunday and resume Nov. 1 through Feb. 28.
Read about the key pointers of the Cannabis Bill here.
This story originally appeared on our media partner, Coconuts Bangkok.