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Anutin Cooks Up Marijuna-Infused Pad Krapao to Promote Legal Cannabis

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Public Health Minister Anutin likes his weed.

A Kanchanaburi academic conference helped people engage in cannabis-related activities without breaking the law.

The conference, which wrapped up Sunday, was one in a series of workshops to be held in several provinces. The latest conference was for audiences and healthcare personnel in the 5th Public Health Region.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul, a big cheerleader for legal cannabis, presided over the opening of the conference, saying efforts are underway to promote cannabis as a cash crop that would create jobs and generate income.

The event included exchanges of knowledge on cannabis and hemp for healthcare personnel, volunteers and entrepreneurs.

After launching the conference, the health minister demonstrated his flair for cooking by making “kaprao” dishes containing cannabis. Other food items made with cannabis were also available for tasting and purchase.

The 5th Public Health Region comprises Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Suphan Buri, Kanchanaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Pathom and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

The eight provinces now have a combined 3,000 rai of cannabis plantation area and three certified cannabis processing plants. The plants are run by Don Tum Hospital in Nakhon Pathom, U-Thong Hospital in Suphan Buri, and Chao Khun Phaiboon Hospital in Kanchanaburi.

Cannabis extracts are also being used by Thai medical practitioners delivering palliative care to patients at Ratchaburi Hospital in Ratchaburi province.

The Ministry of Public Health has reported that more than 240,000 patients have so far been prescribed medical cannabis. To date, at least 7 billion baht in economic value has been generated by medical cannabis products.