Thailand’s Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul gas announced that the national government will distribute one million free cannabis plants to households across the country in June to encourage Thais to grow marijuana at home.
The news follows the kingdom’s decision allowing its citizens to cultivate cannabis plants after notifying their local government.
The plant, however, can only be used for medical purposes and cannabis cannot be distributed commercially without an appropriate license. The new rule will come into force on June 9, 2022.
Thailand’s cannabis advocates have argued that allowing households such opportunities will help the predominantly agricultural nation boost its economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic.
People who grow commercially without first obtaining permission from the government will face a fine of up to 20,000 baht ($577.76). People who sell commercial cannabis without a license face a fine of up to 300,000 baht ($8,665.76) or three years in jail, or both.
People can showcase their cannabis and hemp-related products wisdom and sell their products nationwide, urging Thais to grow as many cannabis plants as they like.
While most of its neighbors have strict drug laws, in 2018, the Kingdom of Thailand became the first South Asian nation to legalize medical marijuana.
Since then, it has been legal in Thailand to sell cannabis products with less than 0.2 per cent THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. However, recreational use of the drug is still outlawed in the country.
The intention is to redefine cannabis as a household crop, and it’s the latest maneuver in Thailand’s plan to transform cannabis into a cash crop. About one-third of Thailand’s entire labor force works in agriculture, according to The World Bank.
Despite the new focus on medical applications, cannabis is well-known in the country for recreational purposes as well. Legendary Thai Sticks have been supplied on and off to the U.S. since the Vietnam War.
Only the finest Sativa’s were chosen, tied with silk to bamboo or hemp stalks, and rolled in hash oil (or opium). Reportedly it was the highest quality weed around in the 70’s. The modern equivalent might be a strong canna cigar.
According to Danny Danko in 2015, Thai Sticks fell out of favor years ago as some farmers in the lowlands of Thailand were forced to switch from the cultivation of the country’s stellar sativas for more profitable poppy plants.
Sadly, the practice of growing and creating the legendary Thai Stick is quickly becoming a lost art. Very little if any, ever leave the confines of Thailand and the traditional clandestine growers have mostly shifted over to the more profitable poppy.
I hope more vets suffering from PTSD or any other ailments that they took on during their tours of duty discover the benefits of cannabis as medicine and turn away from the hard drugs and poisons being unscrupulously peddled to them by the V.A.
High Times / ABC Flash Point News 2022.