The Government of Thailand is due to distribute 1 million cannabis plants across the country for home cultivation, starting next month.
On June 9, 2022 legal restrictions around the production and possession of cannabis will be lifted, enabling citizens to use and consume all parts of the plant, without fear of prosecution.
To commemorate the changing legislation, the Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced the new initiative on social media and declared this distribution of cannabis plants will commence as soon as this next wave of restrictions have been lifted.
Since 2018, laws in Thailand pertaining to cannabis have been gradually relaxed, however it took until February of this year for significant changes to come to pass.
This is predominantly down to Charnvirakul, who has been spearheading the initiative to decriminalize cannabis in Thailand.
New Cannabis Laws in Thailand
Following the removal of cannabis from the country’s list of controlled drugs in February, Health Minister Charnvirakul’s recent statement on Facebook outlines the next wave of legislative changes.
Starting next month, Thai citizens will be able to cultivate cannabis plants at home, with no licenses needed, nor limits in place restricting the number of plants they can grow.
Those wishing to cultivate in Thailand will, however, need to declare that their cannabis is for medical purposes, and that the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content does not exceed the legal maximum.
Extracted content will remain illegal if the THC level is over 0.2%.
What is Driving the New Cannabis Laws in Thailand?
The new measures are driven by both social and economic reasons.
Lifting restrictions enables patients across Thailand to access cannabis medicine without risking prosecution, facilitating treatment of an array of conditions and ailments.
Moreover, it is hoped that industry players will see Thailand as a great destination for their business operations, with an emphasis placed on organizations creating cannabis medicines and food products.
“This will enable people and the government to generate more than 10 billion baht per year in revenue from marijuana and hemp”, Charnvirakul stated in his post.
By late April, the Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had already received over 4,700 license applications to import, possess, grow and produce cannabis and hemp in the country.
In addition to attracting foreign investment, it is thought that this change in regulations will lead to a boom in canna-tourism, providing a further boost to Thailand’s economy.
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