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Marijuana in Thailand – is it possible or not?


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Is it possible to smoke, possess, and grow marijuana in Thailand starting June 9, when cannabis will be officially removed from the list of drugs in the kingdom

Ahead of “Ganja Day” on June 9, the Thai Ministry of Health wants to remind and clarify: smoking cannabis even for recreational purposes is a criminal offense punishable by three months in jail.

Under the new legislation, cannabis smoke is a “public nuisance,” allowing anyone who is annoyed by the smell of cannabis smoke to report the culprit, who could go to jail for up to three months if found guilty.

As of June 9, all parts of cannabis and cannabis plants – including leaves, bark, body, fibers, branches, roots, seeds, and inflorescences – will be removed from the category 5 drug list, essentially decriminalizing marijuana possession in Thailand. However, extracts containing more than 0.2 percent THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, are still a Category 5 drug.

As of June 9, residents of Thailand will be able to legally grow as much cannabis and cannabis in their homes as they want without asking for permission. The only requirement is registration through the “Plook Ganja” mobile app, which is not yet available in the app store. It is not yet clear whether the app will be for Thai citizens only, or whether foreigners living in the kingdom will also be allowed to grow cannabis.

Earlier, Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul promised to distribute one million cannabis plants free of charge to the Thai population. However, the law states that home-grown cannabis plants and any extracts from them must have a THC content of less than 0.2%. THC is the psychoactive component of marijuana, which is what gets you high.

If the Secretary of Health fulfills his promise, it will either be male plants, which cannot produce flowers with high THC content, or cannabis plants, which do not contain THC. Hemp will only contain CBD – cannabidiol – a component that has medicinal properties but no psychoactive effects. So if you grow cannabis strictly according to the law, you’re definitely not getting high from your grow bed.

Cannabis is a highly profitable crop, and the quasi-decriminalization of the plant in Thailand is aimed at developing the medical tourism industry and benefiting the country’s economy, not turning the kingdom into the next Amsterdam. The Thai government is working on a “Cannabis and Hemp Law” which will contain all the necessary details about the cultivation and commercialization of the crop.

For now, “cannabis” is still illegal in Thailand.

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