Thailand: One million free cannabis plants to be handed out for small-scale cultivation

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul plans to offer 1 million cannabis plants for free when household cultivation and use of the plant is legalized in June. From June 9, people in Thailand will be able to grow “as many cannabis plants” as they like in their own homes, according to Anutin.

The cannabis grown must be of medical grade and used for medicinal purposes only. Official registration is not required for growing cannabis at home. Anutin announced the move on Sunday in a Facebook post that also outlined the separate benefits of commercial cultivation.

In Thailand, it is currently legal for registered companies to sell cannabis products with less than 0.2 percent tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis that gets people “high.”

Anutin explained that people could also operate cannabis-related businesses and enterprises under the new rules. "This will enable people and the government to generate more than 10 billion baht per year in revenue from cannabis and hemp," he said. "Meanwhile, people can showcase their cannabis and hemp-related products and wisdom and sell their products nationwide."

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