The Daily Populous

Thursday June 9th, 2022 morning edition

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Thailand's Health Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul last month took to Facebook to declare his intention to give away 1 million cannabis plants to members of the public.

"It is an opportunity for people and the state to earn income from marijuana and hemp," he wrote, alongside a photo of cooked chicken seasoned with cannabis.

She said it had taken "way too long" for Thailand to delist cannabis as a controlled substance.

But Sarana Sommano, an associate professor of agriculture at Chiangmai University, warned the changes did not mean Thailand was welcoming the recreational use of cannabis.

Corruption remains a major problem in Thailand, which ranked 110 out of 180 countries on Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index for 2021.

Recreational use of cannabis is legal in some US states, in Canada, Uruguay, South Africa, Mexico and in the Australian Capital Territory.

It has been legal to possess up to 50 grams of cannabis and to grow and consume cannabis in one's own home in the ACT since 2019. »

Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn failed to properly disclose up to $950,000 in cryptocurrency trades, including 'Let's Go Brandon' coin, bitcoin, and ethereum

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Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina appears to have again violated a federal conflict-of-interest law by failing to properly report purchases and sales of six types of cryptocurrencies, according to a new congressional financial disclosure.

By federal law, he had no more than 45 days to publicly disclose them in a certified document submitted to Congress. »

Australian traveller strip-searched, held in US prison and deported over little-known entry requirement

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An Australian traveller was denied entry to the US, cavity searched, sent to prison alongside criminals and subsequently deported 30 hours after arriving, due to a little-known entry requirement for the US.

US government websites explaining eligiblity for the visa waiver program, which Smartraveller advises Australians to consult, do not mention the specific entry rule that resulted in Dunn being deported.

The entry requirement is not listed on the US embassy’s website, nor on multiple US government websites that it directs travellers to. »