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Thailand Aims To Become "Weed Wonderland" After Officially Legalising Cannabis

In a region known for its strict anti-drug laws, Thailand has announced it has legalised cannabis, you are now free to grow your own marijuana plants at home after the government has removed it from its list of banned drugs. They have also released their new app "PlookGanja".


Thailand has become the first Asian country to legalise cannabis
Thailand has become the first Asian country to legalise cannabis

Asia is known for its strict anti-drug laws, Thailand has now stepped away from the norm in the region and has legalised cannabis, removing it from the country's list of banned drugs.


Anutin Charnvirakul, the health minister, said that he plans to send over a million cannabis seeds across the country, as he hopes to have Thailand rebranded as a "weed wonderland."


Although smoking it recreationally is still technically illegal at the moment, the new rules allow citizens to grow, eat, and sell marijuana on a medicinal basis.



There have been restrictions set by the government on the THC level of products allowed to be sold, authorities have said this is in an effort to dissuade smokers from using it to "get high", rather than for pain relief.


Advocates for cannabis claim that this new legalisation effectively decriminalises the product as a whole in all but name.


The government of Thailand is banking on weed turning into a cash crop, hoping that the upcoming cannabis boom will boost the economy and help them recover from the post-Covid recession.


Thailand hopes for boom in economy after decriminalising marijuana
Thailand hopes for boom in economy after decriminalising marijuana

Chokwan Kitty Chopaka, who owns a shop in Thailand selling cannabis gummies, said: "After Covid, and the economy going down the drain, we really do need this."


So far the government has put no restrictions on the amount of cannabis people can grow or smoke at home, apart from requiring them to register on a government app, called "PlookGanja" prior to starting.



Mr Charnvirakul said: "We should know how to use cannabis. If we have the right awareness, cannabis is like gold, something valuable, and should be promoted."


The Thai government has also announced its plans to release over 4,000 prisoners who are currently serving sentences for cannabis-related offences.


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