Very soon, many Thai citizens will receive free cannabis plants courtesy of their national Minister for Health. The initiative is partly driven by economic motivations, with the minister stating that citizens may sell the cannabis that they cultivate. This comes on the back of a range of cannabis activity in the country, which is fast developing into a cannabis hub in the SE Asia region.
Thai Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, plans to distribute up to one million free cannabis plants to Thailand’s citizens. The distribution will occur as soon as personal cultivation and use of the plant are legal in June.
Thai Citizens Can Grow as Much Cannabis as They Want
Anutin Charnvirakul said in a Facebook post that Thai citizens would be allowed to grow “as many cannabis plants” as they want in their homes once the reforms take effect.
“This will allow the Thai people and the government to generate more than 10 billion baht [per year, or €300 million] in revenue from cannabis and hemp. (…) During this time, people can present their products related to cannabis and hemp and sell their products throughout the country,” Said Anutin Charnvirakul, picked up by Nation Thailand.
Thai Citizens to Face no Registration Requirements
Cannabis grown must be of medical grade and only for medical purposes, but Thai citizens will face no registration requirements. It is currently legal for registered businesses to sell cannabis products containing less than 0.2% THC.
According to national regulations, small sellers of cannabis-related products do not need to register with the Thai Food and Drug Administration, but large-scale operators must seek government approval.
Cannabis Removed from Thailand’s Narcotics List
In February, Thailand’s health minister signed a document removing cannabis from the country’s narcotics list after lawmakers legalized cannabis for medical purposes in 2020, with Thailand becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to adopt this reform.
During the signing ceremony, Anutin said that cannabis “has many medical benefits, which are no different from those of other herbs” and that Thai officials are doing their best “to benefit the people of Thailand at the same time. medically and economically.”
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