The government hopes that the development of a local cannabis trade will stimulate agriculture and tourism. It even offers one million cannabis seedlings to citizens to encourage harvesting.
“It’s an opportunity for people and the state to make money from marijuana and hemp. “Anutin Charnvirakul, deputy prime minister and health minister, said last month on his social media accounts.
From Thursday, households will be able to grow up to six cannabis plants at home if they register with the authorities, and companies can also grow the plant with a permit.
Guests will also be able to order cannabis-infused food and drink in restaurants.
Clinics across the country can also offer free cannabis as a treatment. Thailand was the first Asian country to legalize medical cannabis use in 2018.
However, the use of the medicine for personal use is still illegal. Officials warned people not to smoke in public, saying it was considered a public nuisance and that criminals could be arrested.
Under the plan, the government says it also aims to release about 4,000 detainees convicted of cannabis-related crimes.
Thailand, with its year-round tropical climate, has a long history of cannabis, which many locals routinely use in traditional medicine.
A broader cannabis control bill is currently being considered in the Thai parliament. Supporters believe that in the coming years there may be a gradual relaxation of the rules governing consumption.
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