Dozens who gathered outside at a rural police station to demand officers “take it easy” on a woman arrested for growing a marijuana plant were on their way to support her at the courthouse today.
The crowd first gathered after Suda Srinajnaja, 32 of Surin province, was arrested Tuesday for possessing one 50-centimeter marijuana plant. She was charged with illegal production and possession of a narcotic.
Suda told police that she grew the cannabis plant for herbal medication. A drug test of Suda came back negative for any illegal substances, Capt. Saktep Rujirapanon of Tenmee Police said.
Suda’s arrest drew support from nearly 40 people including the village chief and an MP from the pro-cannabis Bhumjaitai Party. They said the police have thrown the book at Suda for only one plant meant to treat Suda’s personal illness.
Thailand legalized medical marijuana in the final days of 2018. Legal access remains limited, and though there has been talk of allowing households to grow cannabis plants, production is still strictly limited to government-approved facilities. Under the law, cannabis is a Class 5 narcotic, though exceptions have been introduced to the law.
The Surin folks accompanied Suda to the provincial court today to demand she be freed on a THB100,000 bond.