Stop growing marijuana without our permission, warns Thai narcotics board

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The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) in Thailand is warning the public that cannabis plants cannot be grown at home without official permission, adding that the law is clear the plants can only be grown for medical use and research purposes.

It’s understood that since use of the drug for medicinal purposes was legalised earlier this year, over 7,500 illegally-grown marijuana plants have been confiscated in 11 provinces across Thailand.

Niyom Termsrisuk from the ONCB is anxious to correct the apparent misunderstanding that the legalisation of cannabis means carte blanche for anyone wishing to grow the plant at home.

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He says cannabis remains illegal for all uses other than research and medicinal purposes and that individuals or organisations who wish to grow it must apply for permission to do so.

The Food and Drug Association (FDA) has currently permitted 11 organisations to grow marijuana plants, with 26 hospitals in Thailand authorised to provide it as treatment.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News and National News Bureau of Thailand

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