In an exciting new move for cannabis legalisation in Asia, Thailand will now allow citizens to grow cannabis plants at home to sell back to the government’s medical cannabis program.
Until now, medical cannabis in Thailand was restricted to a thick, concentrated oil. However, under this new move, the medical cannabis field in Thailand is likely to see huge growth.
Last Wednesday, the new Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul stated “We are in the process of changing laws to allow the medical use of marijuana freely.
“We have high confidence that marijuana will be among the major agricultural products for Thai households. We are speeding up the law changes. But there is a process to it.”
Academic research has been at the centre of the Thai government’s plans to expand its medical cannabis program, after legalising the drug for medical use in 2018. In September, researchers in Maejo University planted 12,000 cannabis seedlings provided by the Department of Medical Service.
Just last month, researchers from the university also developed a new cannabis strain named Issara 01, after the Thai word for ‘freedom’. Issara 01 has a 50:50 ratio of THC to CBD, making it particularly useful for medical use.