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Thailand gives green light to growing cannabis at home

Thailand
became the first Southeast Asian country to legalise marijuana in 2018 for
medical use and research.

Under the
new rule, people can grow cannabis plants at home after notifying their local
government, but the cannabis cannot be used for commercial purposes without
further licenses, Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul told reporters.

The rule
must be published in the official Royal Gazette and 120 days must pass before
home cannabis plants will become legal.

Meanwhile,
the health ministry will this week present to parliament a separate draft bill
which provides details on the legal use of cannabis, including its production
and commercial use, including guidelines on recreational use.

Homegrown
cannabis should be used for medical purposes like traditional medicine, food
and drug regulator chief, Paisal Dankhum has said previously and that there
would be random inspections.

The draft
bill punishes growth of cannabis without notifying the government with a fine
of up to 20,000 baht ($605.33) and prescribes a fine of up to 300,000 baht or
three years in jail, or both, for selling it without a license.

The move is
the latest step in Thailand’s plan to promote cannabis as a cash crop. About a
third of its labour force works in agriculture, according to the World Bank.

Thai drinks
and cosmetics companies last year rushed to launch products with hemp and CBD,
a compound that does not give users a high, after their use was approved for
consumer goods.

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