Thailand is distributing 1 million free cannabis to the residents; Here’s the reason behind the move

The Thailand government in a new movement took a decision to distribute free Cannabis to the households and made it legal to water the weed in the country from June. Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced the move in which he expressed his intention for cannabis plants to be grown like household crops, CNN reported.

The distribution of the weeds in houses has been planned to conduct in June this year. After notifying the local government, the households will be able to grow the plants with effect from June 9 this year. However, cannabis cannot be used for commercial purposes without further licenses in Thailand. 

According to the World Bank, the move is the latest step in Thailand’s plan to promote cannabis as a cash crop. About a third of its labor force works in agriculture. Prior to this move, Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia in 2018 to legalize cannabis for medical research and use. The Thai government announced that both cannabis and hemp would be removed from the country’s narcotics list. 

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As an additional step toward the cannabis sale, the country has taken a new move. The free weeds are distributed to the households in order to encourage people to use cannabis for medicinal purposes. Before the Covid outbreak, the country was easily profiting from medicinal revenue. However, the industry has got setbacks amid the pandemic. Now with this move, the country plans to bring back medicinal tourism with a full range. 

“This will enable people and the government to generate more than 10 billion baht per year in revenue from marijuana and hemp,” the health minister mentioned.