The Thailand government will distribute one million free cannabis plants to households across the nation in June to mark a new rule allowing people to grow cannabis at home, the health minister of Thailand announced.
In a Facebook post on May 8, the Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said that his intention for cannabis plants to be grown like “household crops”.
Thailand residents may also grow “as many cannabis plants” as they wish at ho nhme for medical purposes. Let the planting begin. Thailand’s government leadership signaled optimism regarding the country’s recent shift in medical cannabis reform with a massive plant giveaway.
The Nation Thailand reports that the homegrown cannabis must be grown for medical purposes. Licensing will not be required for home cultivation, unlike commercial cannabis and hemp companies in the country.
“This will enable people and the government to generate more than 10 billion baht [$288,846,200 per year] in revenue from marijuana and hemp,” Charnvirakul said.
“Meanwhile, people can showcase their cannabis and hemp-related products and wisdom and sell their products nationwide.”
The new rule, which comes into force on June 9, will allow people to grow cannabis plants at home after notifying their local government, but the plants will have to be of medical grade and used exclusively for medicinal purposes.
Additionally, the cannabis cannot be used for commercial purposes without further licenses.
Closely regulated use of cannabis was legalized in 2018, with several restrictions gradually eased since then.
In February, Charnvirakul signed a measure officially dropping cannabis, best known in the form of marijuana, from a list of controlled drugs.
Thai officials hope that a major new cannabis industry will blossom, not only generating hundreds of millions of dollars directly each year, but also attracting foreign tourists, who have only recently begun returning in large numbers after being largely absent during the COVID-19 pandemic.
When the measure goes into effect June 9, possessing and using all parts of cannabis plants, including flowers and seeds, will be allowed.
However, extracted content will remain illegal if it contains more than 0.2% of the psychoactive ingredient that produces a “high” — tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
People who grow commercially without first obtaining permission from the government will face a fine of up to 20,000 baht ($577.76). People who sell commercial cannabis without a license face a fine of up to 300,000 baht ($8,665.76) or three years in jail, or both, Thailand Media reported.
Large-scale growing operations will still need permission from the country’s Food and Drug Administration to make cannabis products, which are seen as being used mainly for medicines and food additives.
The Food and Drug Administration received about 4,700 applications by late April for licenses to import, possess, grow and produce cannabis and hemp, the Bangkok Post newspaper reported.
Anutin’s Bhumjai Thai Party, a major partner in the coalition government, campaigned in the 2019 general election for the legalization of cannabis production, saying it would benefit farmers.
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