Thai minister pushing new law to allow use of entire cannabis plants

Thai authorities are planning to expand the scope of cannabis use. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul stated that he is pushing for a new law that will enable licensed growers of cannabis to use entire plants for medicinal and commercial purposes as opposed to the current law, amended last year, whereby they are only allowed to use leaves, stems, stalks, and roots.

The partial ban on the use of other parts of cannabis plants was enacted during Thailand’s ongoing legalization process of cannabis because flowers, buds, and seeds can be especially high in THC. Anutin said the use of the entire cannabis plants will likely be legalized next year as he also urged licensed growers to continue producing more plants for additional income.

“What we have achieved so far is to declare that cannabis stems, roots, leaves, and sprigs are not drugs. Starting next year, we’ll remove everything — stems, roots, sprigs, leaves, buds, flowers, and seeds — from the narcotics list.”

Those with government-issued licenses can already grow as much cannabis as they wish but cannot use entire plants for commercial purposes, according to a recently passed law that made the growing and use of cannabis legal in a first for a nation in Southeast Asia.

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