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Newly ordained Buddhist monks kicked out of order for taking bong hits

Jun 22, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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No forgiveness for four teens who were caught smoking cannabis during a drug rehab program

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Temptation apparently won out among a group of newly ordained Buddhist monks who were kicked out of the order after getting caught smoking weed.

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The Thaiger reports that the new members had only been ordained for four days before they were busted.

They also opted to smoke while at a famous temple in northeast Thailand and while taking part in a nine-day drug rehab program partly run by the order, Buddhist Sangha, and the criminal court.

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The teens were ordained as novice monks during the drug rehab program meant to help young men stop taking drugs.

And if that weren’t enough, the antics of the young men were captured on video and posted on TikTok, per The Thaiger.

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The mother of one of the teens was called to pick up her son and, upon arrival, was informed her child was among four boys caught smoking cannabis. She reportedly expressed disappointment that he could not finish the program without getting high.

Although senior mentors are usually around the novices, it just so happened it was a busy day with several events taking place, allowing the youths to sneak off.

The incident in Thailand is not the first time that cannabis and training have converged. Earlier this year, a man connected to the Nigerian Army who was undertaking a development course got schooled when he was pulled over by a highway patrol officer who found 81 parcels of dry cannabis leaves.

It’s also not the first time that monks have landed in hot water over drugs. UCA News reported in late 2020 that a senior Buddhist monk was arrested after he was apprehended at a resort during a search in which police discovered 4.8 million methamphetamine pills in a minivan.

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In 2018, Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to legalize medical cannabis and this month the country has delisted cannabis as a Category 5 narcotic (which includes psychoactive mushrooms and the kratom plant).

Less strict rules for cannabis are meant to apply to medicinal marijuana, with recreational use continuing to be illegal. That said, how infractions are treated seems to be softening somewhat, at least if a recent incident is anything to go by.

A police inspector and three district officers were transferred to inactive posts after failing to exercise appropriate judgment before opting to arrest a woman for the single cannabis plant in her apartment.

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