Wed 11 May 2022:
The Thai government has decided to give away over one million cannabis plants for free to individuals around the country in June to commemorate the new legislation that permits people to grow cannabis at home.
Anutin Charnvirakul, the country’s Health Minister, announced the proposal on Facebook on May 8, expressing his desire for cannabis plants to be grown as “household crops.”
People can grow cannabis at home under the new legislation, which takes effect on June 9, but only after notifying their local authority. However, the plants that are grown must be of medical grade and utilized solely for medicinal purposes.
Furthermore, the law prohibits persons from growing cannabis for commercial purposes without first getting the necessary permits.
The rule imposes a fine of up to 20,000 baht ($605.33) for growing cannabis without alerting the government, as well as a fine of up to 300,000 baht or three years in prison, or both, for selling it without a license.
Thailand’s decision is the latest step in promoting cannabis as a commercial crop. According to the World Bank, agriculture employs around a third of the country’s workforce.
In 2018, Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to legalize marijuana for medicinal and research purposes.
After their use in consumer goods was permitted last year, Thai beverages and cosmetics companies rushed to produce products containing hemp and CBD, a non-psychoactive ingredient.
Thailand expects that legalizing marijuana will help the country create jobs and grow economically.
“This will enable people and the government to generate more than 10 billion baht per year in revenue from marijuana and hemp,” Anutin wrote on Facebook on May 10.
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