Thailand Legalizes Cannabis, a First in Asia; Public Use Prohibited

Thailand Legalizes Cannabis, a First in Asia; Public Use Prohibited
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<![CDATA[Thailand officially legalized the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis June 9, joining the likes of Canada and Uruguay to fully reform its drug policy for adult use at the federal level. The end to prohibition comes nearly six months after Thailand began the shift toward becoming the first country in Asia to decriminalize cannabis: Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced Jan. 25 that Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board approved dropping cannabis from the ministry’s list of controlled drugs. He signed the measure in early February. RELATED: Thailand Moves to Decriminalize Cannabis, Setting Bar in Asia Thailand’s parliament voted to approved cannabis for medical use in 2018—also a first in Asia. The loosening of those restrictions has since attracted tourism from its Southeast Asia neighbors, The Associated Press reported. “We should know how to use cannabis,” Charnvirakul said recently, the AP reported. “If we have the right awareness, cannabis is like gold, something valuable, and should be promoted.” With full legalization taking effect Thursday, the government’s plan to distribute 1 million cannabis seedlings to its citizens will begin Friday. In a tropical region with its capital city of Bangkok within 1,000 miles of the equator, Thailand’s shortest day of the year still receives more than 11 hours of sunlight while average temperatures range from 82 degrees to 89 degrees throughout the year—an ideal climate for outdoor cultivation. The removal of cannabis from the country’s controlled drugs list means all parts of the plant are allowed to be used. Previously, flower and seeds were prohibited. However, extracted content greater than 0.2% THC will remain illegal.Thursday’s legalization also comes after Thailand’s government amended its drug laws last year in an effort to reduce the number of people in prison. Southeast Asia has some of the world’s toughest penalties for drug use and possession,…

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