Oct 4, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Thailand okays cannabis growing, use but no smoking it

Thailand on Thursday became the first Asian country to legalize marijuana cultivation and use in food and beverages to boost its agriculture and tourism sectors, but smoking marijuana is still illegal.

Shoppers stood Lines outside stores selling cannabis-infused beverages, candies and other items as proponents of the plant hailed reform in a country long known for its tough anti-drug laws.

Among them Rittipong Dachkul, 24, was standing in line at a Bangkok store waiting to buy his first legal marijuana since Wednesday night.

“I took the bus here after I got off work. Rittipong told Reuters.

“We can easily find it now, we don’t have to worry about the source, but I have no idea about the quality,” he said, referring to the strength of the deals n products.

Thailand, which traditionally uses cannabis to relieve pain and fatigue, legalized medical marijuana in 2018.

Bying the plant as a cash crop, the governor plans to launch a Giving away a million plants to encourage farmers to continue growing.

“After Covid, the economy going down the drain, we really need this,” said Chokwan Kitty Chopaka, who owns a shop , which sells cannabis gummies.

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But the authorities are aiming to create a To avert the explosion of recreational use by limiting the strength of the products offered.

Possession and sale of cannabis extracts that contain more than 0.2 percent of the psychoactive ingredient tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is not permitted, which means that smokers of the drug, known as “pot”, “weed” and a variety of other names will have trouble getting stoned.

“Bud with 0.2 percent THC is considered low, so you would need to consume a lot to get high,” Suphamet said Hetrakul, co-founder of the Teera Group, which grows cannabis for medicinal purposes. THC is concentrated in the flowers or buds of the plant.

Those who break the law can still face jail and fines.

Grower App

< p>Cannabis growers have to register with a government app called PlookGanja or grow ganja, another nickname for the prickly-leaf plant. Nearly 100,000 people have signed up for the app, Health Ministry official Paisan Dankhum said.

Suphamet said he was concerned about quality control among the many new growers.

“It is becoming difficult to control levels of THC and other contaminants in their products, which could be dangerous for consumers,” Suphamet said.

The health ministry said it had approved 1,181 products, including cosmetics and food, which contain cannabis extracts, the industry is expected to earn up to 15 billion baht ($435.16 million) by 2026.

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Big business is stepping in.

Agro-industrial conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Foods Pcland energy company Gunkul Engineering have teamed up to create foods and beverages fortified with the extract .