Thailand takes another step in the partial decriminalization of marijuana

Thailand has taken a further step in the decriminalization of marijuana by removing cannabis plants with a low psychotropic effect from the list of narcotics, which will allow their controlled cultivation in homes for medical purposes.

At a press conference, Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced on Tuesday the signing of a ministerial order for partial decriminalization, which will come into force 120 days after it is published in the Royal Gazette, the official state gazette. , for which there is no date yet.

Thailand passed a law in December 2018 to legalize the use and research of medical cannabis, although its implementation through concrete regulations has been slow to develop, and in 2019 it began supplying medical marijuana for pain relief to some patients in hospitals.

Following the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration, the minister has now approved the decriminalization of marijuana as long as it contains less than 0.2 percent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive principle of the plant.

After the publication of the order in the Royal Gazette, anyone will be able to grow marijuana with less than 0.2 percent THC in their homes, although they will have to register with the provincial offices of the Ministry of Health.

However, the authorities have insisted that the measure is limited to medical use and that recreational use is still prohibited.

Additionally, those who grow marijuana with more than 0.2 percent THC still face up to 5 years in prison for possession and up to 15 years in prison if charged with sales.

The Bhumjaithai party, led by Anutin, ran in the 2019 elections promising to legalize marijuana and allow the cultivation of at least 6 plants per household.

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