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|Friday, 20 September 2019 14:18|
Changes are afoot once again in Thailand’s cannabis legislation.
A new bill is being sought by Thailand’s lawmakers which would allow people to grow their own plants for personal use from seed.
The Bhumjaithai Party is seeking out public input on a bill that would allow people to grow their own cannabis. The party has invited various groups for the public gathering, including state officials, folk doctors, patients and Thai traditional medicine practitioners.
The draft needed would amend the current implemented Narcotic Act and would, in effect, legalize a maximum cultivation of six cannabis plants per household.
The Current Cannabis Status in Thailand
With his pledging to legalize the use of cannabis, for both recreational and medicinal use, the Bhumjaithai Party rallied in plenty of support in the previous election. Until now, however, only medicinal use of cannabis has been legalized. The latest move to introduce a new bill to allow the growing of cannabis in Thai homes is the most recent attempt to drive those pledged changes home.
Last year, the leading party introduced changes that legalized the production, import, export, possession and use of medicinal cannabis. This legislation was voted in with overwhelming support. Aljazeera reports that the National Legislative Assembly voted in the new changes with 13 abstinent and a 166-0 vote.
Currently, only researcher and purveyors holding a license will be allowed the work with cannabis- whether that means testing or growing. For those medical patients looking to find relief through cannabis, they will need to obtain a prescription for the use of medicinal cannabis.
Southeast Asia is renowned as being one of the strictest areas when it comes to drugs. Thailand is the first country in the area to join what appears to be a global shift in cannabis consciousness. However, the recreational use of marijuana is still subject to heavy penalization. Recreational use of marijuana is illegal in Thailand and those found breaking this law could find themselves with hefty fines or a prison sentence, depending on the amount of cannabis found.
As with any new opening in a market, Thailand is seeing an influx of requests from foreign businesses to shoulder their way into the market. While from a narrow perspective this could seem like a good investment, the government should be aware that this would essential squelch any local businesses involved and then the opportunity for the local economy as well.
Thailand’s new changes are placing the country in a more liberal light, especially considering the backdrop of Southeast Asia and the severe punishments for cannabis trafficking. Recently, Dr. Tares Krassanairawiwong was promoted the new director-general of the Department of Health Service Support. Dr. Tares has supported the legalization of medical cannabis for some time already, and has played a pivotal part in the changing laws. Most notably, Dr. Tares played a key role in the government’s decision to remove hemp extracts and hemp from the Narcotics Act.
This shows how Thailand is moving forward with cannabis legislation, and many are hoping that these changes are forming the foundation for the legalization of recreational cannabis as well.
Despite being illegal and heavily penalized in the country until recently, Thailand has a history of offering some of the most sought after cannabis strains. Strains originating from Thailand, what we call Thai strains, are known throughout the cannabis community and are known with reverence too.
If a producer or exporter of illegal cannabis is found, he or she could face up to fifteen years in prison, as well as a fine of up to 1.5 million Thai baht. If a person is found in possession with a small amount of marijuana, and does not hold a valid prescription for medicinal marijuana, than he or she could still face five years in jail and a fine as well.
The current situation in Thailand is tricky, while medical marijuana has been legalized, this does not mean that the recreational use is more tolerated. Recreational marijuana is still illegal in Thailand. If you have ever planned a trip to Thailand, you would have read the warnings about corrupt officials and policemen, looking to make an easy target of foreigners. Travelers enroute to Thailand are advised to stay away from the illegal ganja, and to be especially vigilant with their possessions as well. There are stories of planted marijuana on unknown travelers, all orchestrated so the police can enjoy a hefty bribe.
There are many who view the changing cannabis legislature as a way to move beyond this type of corruption.
Thai Strains: Some of the World’s Best
Thai genetics and Thai cannabis seeds can be found throughout cannabis strains across the globe, including an abundance of haze strains and many other sativas hybrids. Thai “sticks” could very well be the most famous of all Thai cannabis genes and these are usually easily identifiable by their red string threaded through the buds, holding these sticky buds together. During the 70’s and 80's, the illegal export of these Thai strains was at an all-time high.
There are many landrace strains that come out of Thailand, and they are well known and loved for their characteristics:
- Cerebral high
- ‘Speedy’ high
- High THC content
- Low CBD/CBN
- Usually only sativa or sativa dominant hybrids
- Long flowering times
The prolonged flowering times of these strains are attributed to the stable conditions in temperature and light, since in some areas of the country there is a lack in variation between temperature and light. This occurs in most equatorial regions, because of the way the photoperiodism is affected.
However, there is a reward for such a lengthy wait- Thai cannabis plants and Thai cannabis seeds have a tendency to grow tremendously in size, weighed down by heavy buds. If you are looking for more information about Thai cannabis seeds, you can find out all you need to know about the best Thai cannabis seeds right here.
Thailand has a strong culture rooted in pharmacopoeia, and cannabis has been a part of this culture, both in traditional medicine as well as in cooking, for centuries before it was determined illegal. With these new changes in legislation, some Thai people are hoping to see a resurgence in Thai pharmacopoeia, and salvation of some traditional culture involving cannabis.