Thailand will soon allow its citizens to grow cannabis at home to sell to the government

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Thailand steps up legalization efforts for medical purposes

Soon all Thais will be able to grow six cannabis plants in their homes and sell their local harvest to the government, to make it into medicinal herb.


"We are changing the laws to allow the medical use of marijuana freely," recently appointed Minister of Health Anutin Charnvirakul said in Bangkok on Wednesday. “We are convinced that marijuana will be one of the main agricultural products of Thai households. We are accelerating legislative changes. But there is a process. "

Last September, Anutin alluded to: "In the near future, families will be able to plant cannabis trees in their gardens like any other herb."

In addition to the historic momentum for home growing regulations, Thailand has built what the government describes as the largest industrial-scale medical marijuana facility in Southeast Asia.

The September 2, researchers from Maejo University planted 12000 new seedlings in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai, in front of government officials. The plants were provided by the government's Department of Medical Services, according to the Asia Times. Officials expect the plants to produce within six months.

The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) hopes to grow the plants to harvest enough ingredients to make one million bottles of cannabis oil, each containing five milliliters, by February 2020.

Is this a political question?

“The university will be a center where ordinary people can learn how to plant and cultivate good quality cannabis. Cannabis is not a matter of politics; it's a product that can benefit people's health, ”said Anutin.

While Amutin says cannabis is not a political issue, he caused unrest ahead of Thailand's general election in March, campaigning for the legalization of home cultivation. He led the campaign for his mid-sized party, Bhum Jai Thai (proud to be Thai), earlier this year during the parliamentary election by promising that each household could grow six marijuana plants. By the way, his parti Bhum Jai Thai is now part of the ruling coalition.

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He also assured his constituents of their economic advancement by proposing the sale of each mature marijuana plant to the government for the sum of $ 2225. Subsequently, a household could earn $ 13 by selling its entire batch of six factories. A rather attractive prospect, considering that the average Thai salary is 350 dollars per year, nationally (or 8 baht per month).

Before Thai citizens have high hopes in the face of a possible green grass rush, growers warn that not all plants that come to maturity will produce medical grade cannabis. Moreover, those that do are difficult to cultivate. Home growers could possibly produce inferior marijuana. However, if one does not take the time to properly care for the plants or invest in basic necessities like nutrients and the proper lighting equipment, the flower produced may not be eligible for use. medical, which could be bought by the government.

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If the use of cannabis for adults is allowed, private growers could derive more natural benefits from the protein crop with less quality control.

Anutin predicts that legalized marijuana would be a larger and more lucrative crop for Thailand than rice, sugar cane, tapioca, rubber or other commodities in his country's predominantly agrarian economy.

He suggested that Thailand's low wages could quantify competitiveness in international markets, compared to large foreign cannabis companies where manufacturing costs are much higher. Although, as the world seems to be rushing towards the market to take advantage of the plant's healing and profitability opportunities, emerging competitors in Latin America, Africa and elsewhere in Asia may overtake Thailand.

Anutin believes Thailand could gain a competitive advantage by creating niche strains for export.


Maejo University has reportedly developed a strain of marijuana it calls "Issara" (independence), which offers tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) percentages of 1: 1, according to the Asia Times.

Thailand became the first nation in Southeast Asia to legalize medical marijuana and kratom, in 2018. The use of cannabis by adults remains illegal in the kingdom and is punishable by penalties of up to imprisonment. However, if Anutin maintains the supposedly apolitical momentum, that may soon be a thing of the past.

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