After legalizing the drug, Thai authorities would distribute cannabis to its people
Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has announced that the national government will distribute one million free cannabis plants to households across the country in June to encourage Thais to grow marijuana at home, CNN reported on Wednesday.
The news follows the kingdom’s decision in January to allow its citizens to grow cannabis plants at home after notifying their local government. The plant, however, can only be grown for medical purposes and cannabis cannot be distributed commercially without an appropriate license. The new rule will come into effect on June 9.
Cannabis advocates in Thailand have argued that allowing households to grow the plant at home will help the predominantly agricultural nation boost its economic recovery from the Covid pandemic.
“This will enable people and the government to generate more than 10 billion baht [per year] income from marijuana and hemp,” pleaded the Minister of Health. “People can showcase their wisdom on cannabis and hemp related products and sell their products nationwide,” he added, urging Thais to grow as many cannabis plants as they want.
While most of its neighbors have strict drug laws, in 2018 the Kingdom of Thailand became the first country in South Asia to legalize medical marijuana. Since then, it has been legal in Thailand to sell cannabis products containing less than 0.2% THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. Recreational use of the drug is still banned in the country.
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