Thailand Legalizes Home-Grown Cannabis for Medical Purposes

Politics News - Thailand

Thailand seems to be accelerating the medical marijuana legalization process to allow all its citizens to home-cultivate six cannabis plants and sell them to the government for medical cannabis production.

According to the words of Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, Thailand is to legalize the medical use of cannabis. What’s more, he believes cannabis is to become one of the main agricultural products among Thai households and adds that Thais will soon be able to plant cannabis in their gardens as if it were any other greenery. What he also emphasizes is that, although the authorities are doing their best to speed up the whole legalization process, it still requires time.

Apart from the approaching regulation, Thailand has recently built one of the largest medical cannabis facilities in Southeast Asia. At the moment, 12,000 cannabis plants are being observed by government officials, who predict these plants will produce enough medical cannabis ingredients to fill 1,000,000 bottles of cannabis oil within the following six months.

However, ironically, weed doesn’t necessarily always grow like a weed. Some experts on cannabis cultivation warn that not every plant that reaches maturation will provide ingredients for medical cannabis production. Moreover, the ones that do aren’t as easy to cultivate, though amateur cultivators could probably provide ingredients for some low-grade cannabis.

Still, without investing the necessary time to watch the plants grow, and without providing the mandatory supplies such as nutrients and proper lighting, it might so happen that the plants’ flowers don’t meet the standards qualifying it for medicinal use; hence, rendering it useless for the government.

In 2018, Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to legalize medical marijuana (as well as kratom). Adult-use cannabis still remains illegal in most Southeast Asian countries; some even go as far as to punish possession with imprisonment. Nevertheless, if Charnvirakul keeps up his reportedly non-political efforts on legalization, that may soon change.