Legalization of Cannabis in Thailand
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6th April 2020

Legalization of Cannabis in Thailand

Clara Gibson
We are living in the era of technology and as our comfort zone is increasing day by day due to technology, so is the disease rate. There are number of medicines used all around the world and their active components are extracted from different medicinal herbs. However, nowadays there is hype about cannabis and its medicinal uses around the globe. There are number of debates going on for its legalization in research and pharmaceutical sectors for treatment of various diseases. However, Thailand is on its way to legalize the use of cannabis.

Cannabis is a medicinal herb with

Cannabis is a medicinal herb with magical effects in treatment against diseases such as cancer, nausea, skin allergies, muscle spasms etc. The main active components of this herb are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and Cannabidiol. However, it was banned by drug authorities for being addictive drug and due to its excessive use for recreational purposes. The high consumption of these drugs leads to mental disorder and losing sanity. It is locally known as "Ganja" in Thailand and it is listed as class 5 narcotics according to the Narcotics act BE 2522. However, in February 2019, Thai government permitted their research laboratories to conduct studies on Cannabis to find cure for many diseases.

After the legalization of cannabis in

After the legalization of cannabis in Thailand, there was rise in number of permits for research projects and its use in medicines. However, the first-ever batch of cannabis oil was delivered to hospitals in Thailand in August 2019 which was followed by increased demand of cannabis. Many companies were aiming to sell the products at high rates and thus, gain a foothold in lucrative market. Thus, by the end of 2024, it is estimated that cannabis-based products will earn around $5.8 billion. Therefore, with increased demand for research purposes, there was increased demand of crop production, but unfortunately, the country has low production rate of cannabis.

Legalization of Cannabis in Thailand

To overcome the increased demand of cannabis, the government of Thailand is about to legalize the home-grown cannabis plants. The citizens will be allowed to cultivate only 6 plants at home and then they are supposed to sell it to government. In this way, the citizens can earn as well as government can attain the required amount of cannabis for research and medicinal purposes. The GPO (Government pharmaceutical Organization) aims to get enough cannabis to manufacture 1 million bottles of its oil. However, the use of cannabis for recreational purposes will be highly forbidden and individual caught in the act of consuming ganja will be imprisoned and heavily charged.

There are number of myths going on around the world regarding legalization of cannabis in Thailand for example authorizing citizens to grow cannabis for their personal use. Another myth is legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes followed by myth about private sectors being allowed to invest directly in import and export of cannabis. These rumors and misconceptions are misleading the internet about the act of legalization of cannabis uses. The truth is that Thai government is investing money to keep check on its use and all cannabis products are made under narcotics act. This act allows only up to 0.2% use of THC in medicines and these medicines are only allowed to be prescribed by authorized physicians.

Considering all these facts, Thailand might legalize the cannabis till the end of 2020 as the benefits are higher than the risks. Thailand is first country in Southeast Asia who legalized the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes and due to increased demand, their economy is rising day by day. By having a look at their economy, many other countries are also looking forward to legalizing the use of cannabis. Citizens of Malaysia are pushing their government to become second in Southeast Asia to legalize Cannabis. Similarly, Philippines and Singapore are also about to embrace all the opportunities by legalizing use of cannabis.

Thus, cannabis is high in demand and is a potential drug to treat number of diseases, however, it should never be used for recreational purposes. Besides all this, the drug authorities and government should keep check for its smuggling and illegal use as the corruption rate might increase after its legalization. Therefore, the responsibility also rests on every citizen to use this opportunity legally and corporate with government in all possible ways to attain the benefits of this precious herb.

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