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Thailand to decriminalise cannabis, paving the way for legal recreational use and cultivation

Thailand is set to fully decriminalise cannabis, paving the way for recreational cannabis use in the country.

Thailand, which became the first Southeast Asian country to legalize medical cannabis in 2018, is moving to allow full cannabis access with a new proposal from its Food and Drug Administration (FDA), reported Bloomberg.

On Wednesday, the agency proposed excluding cannabis from the narcotics control board’s list of controlled drugs. Following the board’s clearance, the proposal will then be submitted to Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul for approval before it can take effect.

Charnvirakul is a known vocal medical marijuana advocate and has been urging local authorities to let Thais grow and sell cannabis for income, according to The Thaiger.

While businesses have given more access to cannabis, restrictions in current laws still prohibit individuals from growing, harvesting and extracting it.

Cannabis is still considered a category-5 narcotic drug in Thailand, and possession of it is a criminal offense punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

According to FDA Deputy Secretary-General Withid Sariddeechaikool, the proposed move will remove the threat of fines and prison sentences to those who want full access to cannabis.

Sariddeechaikool also highlighted the economic potential of cannabis, saying, “If we’re able to decriminalise cannabis, we will be able to benefit from all of the plant and not just parts of it. The flower buds and seeds could be used economically and in compliance of the law.”

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