Thailand To Give Away Free Cannabis Plants to households across nation For “Cultivation”
To highlight the drug’s legalisation, Thailand will distribute one million free cannabis plants to households across the country.
The public health minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, announced the broad distribution on his Facebook page, highlighting the advantages of commercial growing.
He signed a bill in February that removed cannabis from the list of prohibited substances, and people will be able to grow cannabis plants at home after notifying their local government when the new law takes effect on June 9.
Despite its reputation for being tough on drugs (as exemplified by TV shows and films like Bangkok Hilton and Bridget Jones), Thailand was the first country in Southeast Asia to legalise medical marijuana in 2018.
Thai officials now anticipate that further relaxation of rules will allow a huge new cannabis business to emerge, potentially pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the country’s economy, which has been severely impacted by the pandemic.
One goal is to attract significant numbers of international tourists to a well-regulated medical and wellness industry.
Certain rules will continue to apply, albeit the authorities have not stated how they would be enforced.
To begin, the plants must be of medical grade and utilised exclusively for medicinal purposes.
While all components of the cannabis plant, including flowers and seeds, will be lawful, extracted substance containing more than 0.2 percent of the psychoactive chemical that causes a “high” — tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC — will remain illegal.
Furthermore, cannabis grown at home cannot be utilised for commercial purposes without additional permits, however the authorities have not stated how they will enforce the new regulations.
According to the Bangkok Post newspaper, the Food and Drug Administration had received roughly 4,700 applications for licences to import, possess, grow, and produce cannabis and hemp by late last month.