KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 — Thailand is expediting legal amendments to liberalise its medical cannabis industry, its health minister said.
Bloomberg reported Anutin Charnvirakul as saying that the Thai government would allow household cultivation of six cannabis plants to raise supplies for medical products, which will also help Thais grow their income with the marijuana crop.
“We are in the process of changing laws to freely allow the medical use of marijuana,” he was quoted saying in a speech last Wednesday.
“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.”
Anutin reportedly said legalising recreational use of marijuana was unlikely to happen in the current government’s four-year term after taking office last July.
“We need more research and study before we legalise the recreational use of marijuana.”
Last year, Thailand became the first nation in Southeast Asia to permit medical marijuana.