Thailand envisions a future of premium cannabis tourism post-legalization

Thailand envisions a future of premium cannabis tourism post-legalization
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The Kingdom of Thailand’s drug laws are acknowledged as some of the most draconian in the world. Even possession of the cannabis plant, which the United Nations describes as a “less dangerous drug,” could land someone a hefty stint behind bars. However, based on a January announcement by Thailand’s narcotics board, cannabis that contains less than 0.2 percent of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) will soon be delisted as a narcotic. The narcotics board’s decision would make Thailand, which became the first southeast Asian country to sanction medical cannabis use in 2018, the first Asian country to delist the plant. As a tourist hotspot that welcomed 40 million annual visitors pre-pandemic – mainly due to the desirable climate, pristine white sand beaches, wellness retreats, affordable plastic surgery and world-class dental work – the delisting of cannabis in Thailand could trigger a serious wave of new tourism. Thailand’s residents would be allowed to cultivate medical cannabis at home Public health minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, has confirmed that once Thailand’s cannabis delisting is effectuated, people will be legally allowed to yield their own plants at home.  Thailand’s new cannabis rule comes with one condition — growers must first inform their local government of their plans to cultivate cannabis. Commercial grow options will also be available. According to industry insiders, Thailand’s recreational cannabis market will be designed to attract high-end corporate consumers who are looking for a place to unwind in-between jobs, as opposed to the typical stoners that usually descend upon 420-inspired hotspots. Currently, it remains unclear as to how the government intends on governing recreational cannabis use and cultivation in Thailand. However, Parliament has already received a draft cannabis and hemp bill outlining the proposed plans. CBD is already a hit across the Kingdom of Thailand According to the executive director of…

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