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Thailand becomes first Asian country to legalize marijuana

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Thailand becomes first Asian country to legalize marijuana

Marijuana is legal in Thailand. This means that people in Thailand can cultivate it. Its sale can now be done easily. People will also be able to use marijuana without any restriction.

With this, the government is giving 1 million saplings to the people. That is, people can put it in their homes. After taking permission, private companies can also cultivate hemp.

South-East Asia is famous all over the world for its strict drug laws. But, now marijuana in Thailand has been removed from the banned narcotics list in the country. Thailand has become the first country in Asia to do so.

Even though it is legal, people cannot use it publicly. Health Minister Anutin Charnaveerakul said – Action will be taken against those who use ganja in a public places. They will have to pay a fine of 60 thousand rupees and can also be jailed for 3 months.

With this decision, the government expects development in cannabis cultivation, trade, and tourism. The government will also try to reduce the crimes related to marijuana with this move. Health Minister Anutin Charnaveerakul said – People have a chance to make economic development from marijuana plants.

People will also get dishes made of marijuana in restaurants and cafes. Provided that no dish contains more than 0.2% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is a compound found in marijuana. This is what leads to intoxication.

In 2012, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize the use of cannabis. Growing hemp was legalized in Mexico last year and in Canada in 2020.

Even in the US, 33 out of 50 states allow marijuana use for medical reasons. But many other states, including Washington DC, are seeking to ease restrictions on marijuana. Due to the good effect of marijuana on a problem like epilepsy, governments in many countries are looking at it as a medicine.

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