Thailand’s health minister plans to donate 1 million cannabis plants to citizens

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Thailand’s Minister of Public Health, Anutin Charnvirakul, plans to distribute up to one million cannabis plants for free as soon as personal cultivation and use of the plant is legalized in June.

Anutin said in a Facebook post that citizens will be allowed to grow “as many cannabis plants” as they want in their homes once the reforms take effect.

“This will enable the people and the government to generate more than 10 billion baht [par an, soit 300 millions €] income from cannabis and hemp. (…) During this time, people can present their cannabis and hemp related products and sell their products throughout the country. said Anutin Charnvirakul, echoed by nation thailand.

Cannabis grown must be of medical grade and only for medical purposes, but no registration is required. 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 products do not need to register with the Food and Drug Administrationbut large-scale operators must seek government approval.

In February, Thailand’s health minister signed a document removing cannabis from the country’s narcotics list, after lawmakers legalized the use of cannabis for medical purposes in 2020, with Thailand becoming the first country to 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 officials are doing their best “to benefit the people of Thailand at the same time. medically and economically. »

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