Thai Govt Gives Away 1 Mln Cannabis To Be Grown As Household Crops

Beginning June, Thai people can grow marijuana in their garden as the Thai government plans to distribute one million cannabis plants to households across the country in that month. The new rules come into play from June 9 onwards.

One of Thailand's biggest supporters for decriminalizing cannabis, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has posted on Facebook earlier this month that he planned to introduce cannabis so that they are grown like "household crops".

The new cannabis policies have been in the making since the year 2018 when Thailand legalized cannabis for medicinal use and in February this year, the Thai government announced that both cannabis and hemp would be dropped from the country's narcotics list.

The Public Health Minister presented the new policies as an excellent opportunity, which will allow people and the government to generate over 10 billion baht in a year in revenue from the two crops that have been criminalized.

Now, Thailand is giving away one million weed plants to push people to grow the medicinal cannabis at home. The Thai government is expecting the growing cannabis industry to bring in more than $300 million in revenue and rejuvenate the medical tourism in the country after Covid-19 brought it to a standstill.

Weed enthusiasts are legally required to inform the local government to get a permit to grow cannabis at home. Nowadays only medical grade plants are allowed to be grown and used for medicinal purposes. Making use of all parts of the Cannabis sativa, the plant in question, including flowers and seeds, is permitted but should it be that the removed content contains even a notch more than 0.2 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive chemical in cannabis, which gives a 'high', it will become illegal.

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