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Thoughts on Thailand (sort of) legalizing cannabis

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Last month, we focused on Thailand becoming the first country in Southeast Asia To decriminalize cannabis. We’ve seen some bad reports on this since then, along the lines of “Weed is legal in Thailand!” The new Thai system is not that advanced, but we still feel that Thailand has taken a step in the right direction.

In short, the Thai gThe government has stated that it promotes cannabis for medical use only. Smoking in public is still considered a nuisance, subject to a possible 3-month penalty and a fine of THB 25,000 (US$780). The extracted content, like the oil, remains illegal if it contains more than 0.2% THC (this is below the “hemp” threshold in many countries).

However, with its new policy, Thailand joins a short list of countries where weed has been decriminalized or better, including CanadaAnd the MexicoAnd the South Africa.

Thailand’s new law reflects a long history of severely punishing drug offenses. Hemp grows naturally there, and it has a longer history of using the plant in holistic medicine practices. The Thai government hopes to capitalize on the plant’s economic and medicinal benefits, and will follow laws on these topics. She believes that hemp will encourage tourism and increase agricultural production.

Thailand is a well-known travel destination with plenty of natural beauty, great food, and a rich culture. I traveled there in college. With all the beautiful beaches and delicious curries, feeding the elephants and watching Muay Thai, I’m sure weed is the only thing that will make the experience even better.

But before you rush to buy plane tickets to enjoy the beautiful beaches and gorgeous cannabis, there are still many legal issues for the state to resolve before tourists and locals can smoke freely.

The Speed ​​Herb: Thailand’s Liberal Rationing Policy Is An Immediate Success

Thailand’s Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul, the architect of the new law, has drafted one of the world’s most liberal cannabis policies. The audience He immediately embraced the law. Restaurants already serve cannabis-infused foods. Factory vending carts appeared throughout the cities of Thailand. The haste with which hemp became commercially available speaks to the ubiquitous nature of the plant and its popularity.

However, the government Just now only formulating regulations To dictate the use, production and sale of the plant. The goal was to defeat neighboring countries by issuing a broad decriminalization decree. The Thai government wanted to give its cannabis market a head start over potential competitors. However, it appears that the government may end up playing a catch-up game as market growth outpaces regulation.

Travelers beware!

Despite all this excitement, the government of Thailand discourages recreational (ie non-medical) use of the plant, as described above. Penalties for smoking in public appear likely to be imposed, at least to some extent. Finally, without the extracts and tinctures offered, Thailand would not have the look and feel of the most advanced national systems, as in Canada, or what we see in many US states. In general, these policies allude to conflicting political opinions About legalization within the current administration of Thailand.

Because of these facts, potential tourists should tread with caution. We will all have to wait and see how Thailand plans to regulate commercial cannabis to ensure consumer safety, fairness and diversity in the market. stay tuned


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