The Thai Government has confirmed that households will legally be able to grow up to six plants.
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Thailand will soon allow its citizens to legally cultivate up to six cannabis plants in their homes, which can then be sold to the government to be processed into medicinal marijuana.
As part of the plan, the Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) is aiming to successfully cultivate enough raw cannabis material to produce one million bottles of cannabis oil—distributed in 5 millilitre units—by as early as February 2020.
Earlier this year the Government Minister for Health, Anutan Charnvirakul, told voters that each mature cannabis plant sold to the government could net them $2,225.
This means that Thai citizens could supplement their income—which on average is just $8,200 per year—by as much as $13,350, if they can successfully sell all six cannabis plants.
"In the near future, families will be able to plant cannabis trees in their back gardens like any other herb." Thai Health Minister, Anutan Charnvirakul
However, the government's cultivation experts have warned Thai citizens that it can be difficult to cultivate plants that produce medical grade cannabis and many plants are often not suitable.
While amateur growers will still be able to produce low-grade marijuana, it seems unlikely that many will have the necessary resources to cultivate the high quality cannabis needed for medical use.
According to Thai Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, the country is "in the process of changing laws to allow the medical use of marijuana freely."
"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."
Thai citizens who wish to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes will also need to attend education courses about the cultivation and harvesting of the plant.
"The university will be a centre where ordinary people can learn how to plant and grow good quality cannabis," Health Minister Anutan Charnvirakul said.
"Cannabis is not an issue of politics; it is a product that can benefit people's health."
Additionally, researchers at Maejo University also recently planted 12,000 new marijuana seedlings in northern Thailand's Chiang Mai. The cannabis seedlings were provided by the government's Department of Medical Service and are expected to begin generating medical marijuana within six months.
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