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Thai Public Health Ministry starts cannabis cultivation project in Buri Ram

Caitlin Ashworth



PHOTO: Nation Thailand

A cannabis cultivation project is being launched by Thailand’s Public Health Ministry in the Isaan province Buri Ram. 6 cannabis plants will be given to each member of the local Non Malai Community Enterprise as a pilot project on commercial cultivation of cannabis, according to the director of the ministry’s cannabis research group, Kitti Losuwannarak.

Cannabis flowers and buds will be sent to the Khu Muang Hospital in the province. Other parts of the plant will be processed as health products, according to Nation Thailand. Thailand recently removed parts of the cannabis plant with low levels of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, aka THC, from the narcotic’s list. Parts of the plant with high levels of THC, like the buds, are still classified as a Category 5 drug under Thailand’s Narcotics Act.

Since the declassification of of cannabis leaves and stems with low levels of THC, a cannabis cafe opened up in Prachin Buri, east of Bangkok, serving dishes with cannabis leaves. A Bangkok dessert shop also announced it is adding cannabis leaves to their pandan and coconut pancakes.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    Well, at least that’s one thing this gov. has expertise at.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    How are they going to police the removal of the buds with a high level of THC?
    Keep guards in the acres of cannabis plants?
    Still, these plants will keep the Thais happy during the long years of poverty to come.

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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    Weeds, beaches,pretties, tourists love them.

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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Not a bad idea this marijuana cultivation but in a country where you can easily be set up by the police and the fact that the buds are still classified as class 5 drugs can lead to serious trouble.

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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    Its got corruption growing all over it thailand the new player in the drugs cartels

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    Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 7:09 pm


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      James Pate

      Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 6:47 am

      I’m sure he can take a pocketfull of buds home if he wants.

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    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    How do you protect the crops? Come harvest time, more crop will be harvested during the night than during the day. Anyone who thought Thailand was corrupt before, just wait till they get in the weed business.

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    Bill Fischer

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:49 am

    He should focus on that instead of stuff that he is obviously unqualified to be in charge of. Maybe he’s high or something. Maybe that’s why he’s normally a complete buffoon.

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    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    He should be careful with this stuff, he might discover some “dirty farangs” again…
    Why he has no focus on pollution that kills thousand…

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    Daniel Roush

    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    “Don’t bogart that joint my friend”

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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