BANGKOK – Thailand’s ruling coalition has proposed a draft law that would allow Thais to grow a limited amount of Marijuana. Cannabis was legalized the drug for medicinal and research purposes earlier this year.
Under Thailand’s current drug laws, recreational users of marijuana can incur tough penalties; including up to 10 years in prison for possession and hefty fines.
A senior lawmaker said the draft law would allow up to six marijuana plants per household. Marijuana is still a drug under Thai law.
“The principle is for medical use, you can have it at home for ailments, but not smoke it on the street,” Supachai told Reuters. Supachai Jaisamut senior lawmaker in the Bhumjaithai Party.
It would also allow the sale of plants to licensed institutions under the supervision of an institute for that purpose, Supachai said.
The proposed Plant-based Drug Institute would have authority to purchase; extract and export cannabidiol (CBD), the chemical derived from the cannabis plant, Supachai said. Comparing it to model introduced in California.
He said the law could be passed when parliament re-opens if there was enough government support.
The proposal was an election promise of Thailand’s Bhumjaithai Party, which campaigned to allow Thais to grow Marijuana.
The draft law is designed to develop the Thailand’s newly legal medical marijuana industry.
Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration announced this month a cannabis business workshop as public and investor interest heighten after the policy was introduced.