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One million free cannabis plants to be distributed across Thailand: public health minister

May 12, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Growers will face heavy restrictions, including proof of medical use, and will be required to notify the government about any home cultivation.

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One million cannabis plants will be freely distributed across Thailand beginning next month.

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Only those who are using the plant for medical purposes and have notified their local government will be permitted to cultivate cannabis. Beyond that, recreational cannabis consumption and cannabis extracts that contain more than 0.2 per cent THC remain illegal, reports VICE.

Home growers will also face random inspections, according to Thailand’s food and drug regulator.

If individuals grow at home without notifying the government, they face a fine of up to 20,000 baht, or about $750, while those who sell cannabis without a licence could face up to three years in jail and a 300,00 ($11,200) baht fine.

In March, a 70-year-old woman and her 48-year-old relative spent a night in jail after they were arrested for growing one cannabis plant each in northeast Thailand. The woman told police that she consumes cannabis medicinally, but reportedly hadn’t sought permission to grow the plant.

In an interview with CNN, Kitty Chopaka, a Bangkok-based cannabis entrepreneur, said that those who grow the plant without a legal prescription and proof of medical use will still be considered criminal.

Chopaka added, however, that the logistics of enforcing the rules around cannabis consumption will be a challenge.

“Smoking weed will happen, and there’s no way the [government] can stop that,” she said.

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