Thailand legalises cannabis trade but prohibits its usage for recreational purposes
After marijuana was removed from Thailand’s illegal narcotics list, residents can now grow cannabis plants at home and sell the produce.
The country is the first in Southeast Asia to take such a step, a region known for its strict drug regulations.
Despite advocates’ claims that the softening effectively decriminalises marijuana, recreational use remains prohibited.
Agriculture and tourism are expected to benefit from the development of a local cannabis economy, according to the administration.
It’s even giving away a million cannabis plants to residents to encourage them to pick up the drug.
Last month, Anutin Charnvirakul, deputy prime minister and health minister, declared on his social media accounts, “It is an opportunity for people and the state to gain cash from marijuana and hemp.”
He posted a photo of a chicken dish made with cannabis on Facebook, saying that anyone may sell it if they follow the restrictions, the most important of which is that items must contain less than 0.2 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the component that causes users to feel “high.”
Households will be permitted to grow up to six cannabis pot plants at home starting Thursday, provided they register with authorities, while businesses will be able to grow the plants with permission.
With greater ease, clinics around the country will be able to offer cannabis as a medicine with greater ease. In 2018, Thailand became the first country in Asia to legalise the use of medical cannabis.
However, personal use of the medication is still prohibited. Smoking in public is deemed a public nuisance, according to officials, and violators risk being arrested.
According to the idea, around 4,000 convicts convicted of cannabis-related offences will be released.
Because of its year-round tropical climate, Thailand has a long history with cannabis, which many natives employ in traditional remedies.
The Thai parliament is now debating a broader draught law on cannabis control. Advocates expect that in the next years, the laws restricting use will be gradually relaxed.