Thailand: Regime legalizes cannabis trade but still bans recreational use

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“People in Thailand can now grow cannabis plants at home and sell the crop after the nation removed marijuana from its banned narcotics list. The nation is the first to advance such a move in South-East Asia, a region known for its stringent drug laws. But recreational use is still banned, even though advocates say the easing effectively decriminalises marijuana. The government is hoping that developing a local cannabis trade will boost agriculture and tourism. It’s even giving away one million cannabis seedlings to citizens to encourage pick-up. ‘It is an opportunity for people and the state to earn income from marijuana and hemp,’ said Anutin Charnvirakul, deputy prime minister and health minister, on his social media accounts last month.” (06/09/22)