"Prices have halved"

As Thailand greenlights cannabis, patients welcome cheaper supplies

For Jiratti Kuttanam, Thailand's relaxation of cannabis restrictions meant one thing above all - a cheaper supply of the products she uses to manage the pain and sickness caused by her breast cancer treatments.

Thailand last week became the first Asian country to legalize the growing and private consumption of cannabis, a move authorities said would boost agriculture by giving farmers a valuable new cash crop. Jiratti, 42, said she and other patients would also feel the benefits closer to home.

Medical cannabis has been legal there since 2018. But, before the law changed, she had to rely on pricy foreign imports. Some patients went to illegal dealers.

Imported cannabis buds used to cost up to 700 baht ($20) per gram, but prices have since halved, Jiratti said.

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