According to reports, Thai authorities have now legalized marijuana and plan on distributing cannabis to their people.
Thailand’s Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul 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 allowing its citizens to grow cannabis plants at home after notifying their local government. However, the plant can only be used for medicinal purposes. Cannabis cannot also be sold commercially without a license. On June 9, the new rules will be in effect.
Thailand’s cannabis advocates have argued that allowing households to grow the plant at home will help the predominantly agricultural nation boost its economic recovery after the Covid pandemic.
“This will enable people and the government to generate more than 10 billion baht [per year] in revenue from marijuana and hemp,”The minister of health agreed. “People can showcase their cannabis and hemp-related products wisdom and sell their products nationwide,”He also encouraged Thais to plant as many marijuana plants as possible.
Although most of Thailand’s neighbors are strict about drug laws, the Kingdom of Thailand was the first South Asian country to legalize medical cannabis in 2018. Thailand has legalized the sale of cannabis products containing less than 0.2% THC since then. It is illegal to use the drug for recreational purposes in Thailand.
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