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Thai government distributes 1 million cannabis plants, free of charge


The Thai government will provide 1 million plants ganja to its citizens from June. Why yes?

Recently, Thailand removed marijuana from its country’s drug list. White Elephant Country legalized marijuana in 2018 for medical research and use, but now allows citizens to cultivate the plant at home, as long as it is not used for commercial purposes.

Quotes from IFL Science, anyone who wants to grow the crop can notify the local authorities from June 9. To encourage planting ganja that they want to promote as a commercial crop, they will also give away 1 million plants to grow at home.

Residents can only grow plants with less than 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or psychoactive compounds in marijuana that cause intoxication, and marijuana should only be used for medical purposes.

It is unclear how Thailand will implement this rule, and whether it sees it as a priority to implement. The cannabis plant may still contain cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana, plus other compounds that are thought to contribute to the plant’s medicinal properties.

For business people who intend to get how, still have to apply for a permit to plant and treat it. Announcing the initiative on Facebook, Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul noted that using marijuana can improve quality of life for cancer patients as well as people with chronic pain or insomnia.

The statement went on to say that the use of the drug by end-stage cancer patients and people with sleep problems significantly reduced the use of sedatives in medical trials.

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Notably, Thailand has experienced an explosion in products containing CBD since 2018, ranging from CBD brownies to sushi infused with the ingredient. The government expects the supplement industry to continue to boom when restrictions are lifted further in June, and hopes to attract more tourists whose numbers have declined during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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