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Thailand Health Minister: Cannabis Will Be A Major Agricultural Product For Thai Households


Thailand has a long history with the cannabis plant. It has been a part of the nation’s culture for many years, despite Thailand’s prohibition policies in recent decades. A cannabis revolution is underway in Thailand that is likely to result in the country becoming a world cannabis industry leader.

Many parts of Asia have some of the harshest cannabis laws on the planet, which is a big reason why Thailand’s push for progressive cannabis policies is such a big deal. It would be one thing if the nation was just pushing for limited reforms, however, what Thailand is moving towards is a truly revolutionary public policy model.

Thailand’s Health Minister announced this week some of the details that will be involved with the public policy change. Per Bloomberg:

The changes will allow household cultivation of six cannabis plants to increase supplies for medical products, Anutin Charnvirakul said in a speech in Bangkok late Wednesday. The move will also give Thais a crop they can grow to boost their incomes, he said.

“We are in the process of changing laws to freely allow the medical use of marijuana,” he said. “We have high confidence that marijuana will be among the major agricultural products for Thai households. We are speeding up the law changes. But there is a process to it.”

Paraguay recently announced a similar concept of providing the ability for families to cultivate cannabis, albeit just hemp. It will be very interesting to see if Thailand’s model is successful, and if so, if other nations in the region will adopt a similar model.

Last year Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asian to allow medical cannabis.