PUBLIC Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul today (Dec. 11) opened a pilot cannabis city called Nakhon Phanom Model amid moves to fully decriminalise the plant, Thai Rath newspaper said.
Accompanied by Second Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and Bhumjaithai MP from this province Mr. Supachai Phosu and provincial Governor Mr. Chatip Rujanaseri as well as other senior officials Anutin presided over the kick-off ceremony to promote the cultivation of marijana for medicinal use and boost agro-tourism with tourists able to come and observe the plant being processed into various products.
Anutin confirmed that the government is amending laws to decriminalise marijuana and remove it from its listing as a Class 5 category drug and once this is done it would no longer be illegal.
People would be able to plant it after getting permission to do so according to the regulations.
Current rules state that only leaves, stems and roots but no inflorescences can be sold.
Community enterprises from many northeastern provinces brought cannabis products for display and sale with these being both for medicinal purposes and cooked in various forms.
This would help generate income for farmers who would also gain additional income from tourists coming round to study the cultivation of this plant.
Top: Two marijuana products on display and sale during the launch of cannabis city today. Photo: Thai Rath
Home Page: Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul giving a speech at the launch of the pilot cannabis city called Nakhon Phanom Model. Photo: Matichon