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Thailand offers one million marijuana plants for cash crop

A day after decriminalizing the cultivation of marijuana for commercial purposes, Thailand plans to give away 1 million free cannabis plants on Friday, but has discouraged people from getting high because it is still against the law.

Thailand legalized medical marijuana in 2018 for medical purposes, but now plans to develop it as a commercial crop and create a lucrative local industry.

“Don’t use it and just sit smiling at home and don’t do any work. These things are not our policies,” Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said at the launch in the northeastern province of Buriram , where the first 1,000 plants were distributed.

“We erased the stigma, it’s taken away like a tattoo. Don’t let it come back,” he said, adding that cannabis should be used to improve health.

campaign to give away 1 million free cannabis plants

Cannabis was removed from the country’s narcotics list on Thursday, allowing people to grow the plant if they register on a government app.

Authorities discourage its recreational use, however, while smoking in public could result in jail time and fines.
The psychoactive compound in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, is limited to 0.2% in cannabis extracts and products that can be sold in Thailand, including oils and candies.

Growing cannabis at home requires registration with the government smartphone app, PlookGanja or “grow ganja”. Anutin said more than 300,000 people have signed up for the app, which has seen millions of downloads from people wanting to learn more about cannabis.

According to Thailand’s prison department, 3,000 people have been released from prison after being held for cannabis-related crimes since the law changed this week.

[with inputs from agencies]

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