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News | 05.13.2022

Thailand Is Giving Away One Million Cannabis Plants

Residents of Thailand are likely to receive cannabis plants for personal cultivation and medicinal use.

Thailand believes cannabis is a cash crop. Although it’s not legal for recreational purposes, the Thai government wants to make medical cannabis more accessible.

Perhaps the best way to make it more accessible would be handing out plants to Thai residents. Well, that’s exactly what they’re planning to do.

Next month, Thailand’s government will give one million cannabis plants to its people.

Thailand's Regulations

WION News points out that Thailand’s government wants to promote cannabis as a “household crop.” This would encourage Thais to grow their own plants at their leisure.

All one million plants will be distributed throughout the country on June 9. However, there are still some rules and regulations worth noting.

Some of the most notable rules include the following;

  • Residents with plants must inform their government when they’re growing cannabis at home
  • All plants must be used for medical purposes only
  • Commercial cultivation can only be done with the proper licenses

If someone is caught growing cannabis without telling the government, they are subject to a fine of 20,000 baht ($605.33).

Furthermore, if they’re caught selling their homegrown plants/buds without a license, they are subject to;

  • A fine of 300,000 baht
  • 3 years in jail
  • Or both

Cannabis Plants For Everyone

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It wasn’t until 2018 that Thailand legalized medicinal cannabis use and research. In fact, it was the first Southeast Asian country to do so.

One of the driving factors behind legalizing medical cannabis was to create more jobs for Thai people. Subsequently, it would help the country’s economic gain through revenue and exports.

Thailand’s Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul wrote on Facebook on May 10 that cannabis and hemp will help “generate more than 10 billion baht per year.” for the country.

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All cannabis being given away was locally cultivated and grown.

This motion will hopefully normalize the plant and promote it as a reliable form of medicine. Plus, it will help Thais understand that it’s just like any other household crop they can grow.

Will this spur recreational use and legalization? We can only hope.

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