Just because Thailand is decriminalizing marijuana doesn’t mean people can smoke it freely, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said.
Ahead of the June 9 effective date for the delisting of cannabis and hemp as Category 5 narcotics, the Public Health Ministry has inked an agreement with eight agencies to emphasize their use for medical, beauty and research purposes.
Anutin said Friday products that contain more than a 0.2% extract of Tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical responsible for most of cannabis’ psychoactive effects, are still considered illegal drugs.
He said people are free to grow ganja plants at home for medical purposes after registering with the Pluk Kan app or with their home province. Recreational use, however, is frowned upon and the House of Representatives will soon pass a bill to govern weed smoking and second-hand marijuana smoke.