There has been an ongoing debate in many countries about whether cannabis should be legalized or not. In countries like Canada, Uruguay and many states in the USA cannabis is legal, but recently Thailand has joined this list and has approved this drug with some limitations. People in Thailand are now allowed to grow and sell the crop after marijuana was removed from its banned narcotics list. However recreational use is still banned.
The nation is among the first other South-East Asia countries to lift the ban on this crop. Though the country is known for having very strict drug laws, the government hopes that this trade will spark a rise in agriculture and tourism. As a first step to increasing the trade, the government is giving away one million cannabis seedlings to its citizens.
In a post on social media, the deputy prime minister and health minister, Anutin Charnvirakul said, “It is an opportunity for people and the state to earn income from marijuana and hemp.”
He also posted a photo of a cannabis-infused chicken dish on Facebook, saying that anyone could sell it as long as they followed the rules, the most important of which is that products contain less than 0.2 per cent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that gives users that “high” feeling.
From June 9, households have been permitted to grow up to six cannabis pot plants at home if they register with authorities. Companies can also farm the plant with a permit. The legalization of this drug has also allowed restaurants to make and sell drinks and food that contain cannabis to diners. Since Thailand legalized cannabis for medical use in 2018, clinics can freely offer it as a treatment.
As mentioned earlier this free access to cannabis have limitations. It will be considered as an offence if you’re caught smoking in public and are at risk of being arrested. On the other hand, around 4,000 prisoners who were convicted for cannabis-related offences are going to be released by the government.
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