Thailand legalizes the cultivation and therapeutic use of cannabis

Thailand Starting this Thursday, it allows the consumption and cultivation of therapeutic cannabis low psychotropic effectthat is, the one who has less than 0.2 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol. The authorities insist that the measure is limited to medical use and that recreational use remains prohibited.

Some psychiatrists explain that marijuana use with a high percentage of THC influences brain development and can cause psychotic breaks and memory leaks.

The legal change was approved in February: since then, the dope and the hemp are not considered narcotic substances in the Asian country.

Priority use in materials and food

The partial decriminalization of cannabis has promoted the creation and development of numerous products in the country that include marijuana leaves, without the psychoactive ingredient of the drug: THC.

Restaurants, ice cream parlors and cafes are part of the businesses that have jumped on the legal marijuana train, although it is large corporations that have the advantage in obtaining the necessary permits for large-scale production.

The research entity Prohibition Partners has explained that the cannabis industry hopes to reach the 661 million dollars (616 million euros) in 2024 in Thailand.

According to their own data, some 86 million people per year they consume marijuana in Asiaespecially medical cannabis.

Recreational use is still prohibited

Consumption is allowed when it is for therapeutic purposes, which makes Thailand in it first country of Southeast Asia that partially decriminalizes this drug. The authorities have insisted that recreational use It is still prohibited.

Starting this Thursday, anyone who registers at the offices of theMinistry of Healthcan grow up tosix plants of marijuana in your home. In Spain: cultivation, purchase, consumption and possession are illegal.

Those people who grow marijuana with more than 0.2 percent THCThey still face up to 5 years in prison for possession and up to 15 years in prison if charged with sale.

The authorities also wanted to remind consumers that don’t smoke in publicsince if it is considered that they cause public nuisancethey risk being punished with up tothree months in prison and fines of 25,000 bat ($725 or 675 euros).

Progressive decriminalization

In December 2018the country of Southeast Asian approved a law to legalize the use and research of therapeutic marijuana, although its implementation through specific regulations has developed slowly in recent years.

In 2019it began to be supplied medical marijuana in hospitals, to alleviate the pain of some patients. In 2021the authorities approved its use as additive in food and beverages.

The Minister of Health, Anutin Charnvirakulsigned on February 8, 2022 the decriminalization of marijuanalow psychotropic effectafter the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration.

This Thursday, 120 days later, the measure comes into effect and promises to release more than 3,000 people who are serving prison sentences for crimes related to this drug, as published by the Department of Corrections on their social networks.

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