Thailand Legalizes Marijuana

Thailand on Tuesday became the first country in Asia to approve the decriminalization of marijuana, though have left a grey area around its recreational use.

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced that the Narcotics Control Board had approved the dropping of cannabis from the ministry’s list of controlled drugs.

Earlier, Thailand removed stems, roots, leaves and sprigs of cannabis from its Category 5 narcotics list, but kept flowers and buds on it.

The new Narcotics Code, which took effect on Thursday, no longer has cannabis and hemp on it.

Thailand in 2020 became the first Asian nation to decriminalize the production and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Once the new list comes into effect, all cannabis products such as oil, soap, cosmetics, and supplements, which normally have less than 0.2% of THC, could be made and used freely.

“The number is not unilaterally set by Thailand. It’s the World Health Organization standard,” Anutin said, referring to the concentration level deemed dangerous.

Anutin also said his party announced that on Wednesday it would propose in Parliament a draft Cannabis Act to clarify the legal status of marijuana.

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