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Thai government hopes cannabis will be a primary cash crop for farmers

Caitlin Ashworth



While marijuana traffickers are still getting busted by police, many smuggling the plant across the Mekong River, the Thai government is encouraging local farmers to grow cannabis, as long as they partner with a provincial hospital to use the plant for medicinal purposes. A deputy government spokesperson told Reuters the government hopes that cannabis and hemp will be a “primary cash crop for farmers.”

Late last year, Thailand removed certain parts of cannabis off the narcotics list. Parts of the plant with high amounts of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, are still classified as a Category 5 narcotic.

So far, 2,500 households in Thailand and 251 provincial hospitals have legally grown 15,000 cannabis plants, according to deputy government spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul. She says those interested in growing cannabis have to seek approval from authorities. Universities, community enterprises and those in the medical industry can obtain licenses to grow cannabis.

“Everybody has the right to grow marijuana by partnering up with provincial hospitals for medical use.”

With the declassification of certain cannabis parts, the plant can be used in food and beverages at restaurants. Over the past few months, some cafes and restaurants have started to offer dishes made with cannabis leaves. Traisulee says cannabis used in food ends to come from an approved producer. She says the Medical Marijuana Institute will hold information sessions next month.

SOURCE: Reuters


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    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    Any sort of intoxication is harmful for the most significant part of human’s life- consciousness. Cannabis can be partially beneficial for some body parts and systems and may be powerful enough to treat physical issues… But, as any narcotic, it badly affects consciousness of people, which obscures one’s way to self realization as a soul, which is ultimate goal of human’s life

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      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 7:25 pm

      You’re just making things up, Konstantin.

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        Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 8:11 pm

        I refer to the scriptures, which are applicable practically in that life…I’m not an innocent guy, who has never tried things like this. So I know what I talk about. Any drugs in any view “blind” people and lead them astray down to degradation.
        I think this campaign is lobbied by quite powerful structures, which definitely don’t need free, strong, happy and mindful people.
        As for treatment of some diseases, I’m sure it’s possible to “discover” alternative ways to treat them without implementing cannabis. It’s just similar to that lies concerning protein, when “scientists” claim protein is contained in meat mostly or only, so they encourage consumption of meat (again, because it fills the wallets of bosses of meat production companies). While, in reality they are alternative sources of protein and other vital components for life.

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          Grumpy John

          Monday, February 22, 2021 at 5:25 am

          I am guessing in your country your name is spelt w a c k o! That was my first thought and after some deep thinking I realised I had made a mistake and should correct myself…it is spelt W A C K O!

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            Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:38 am

            What does it mean?

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            Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:45 am

            Oh, I got it…What makes you think that i am wacko? Cause such words cant be addressed to any person just whimsically…

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          Bill Fischer

          Monday, February 22, 2021 at 6:32 pm

          Which “scriptures”? I majored in Eastern Philosophy at uni. I can assure you the Pali Canons and earliest Sutras don’t address this plant. Buddhism’s core tenet is about abolishing the concept of a ‘personal identity’ or ‘self’ (first thing the Buddha came up with with was the Doctrine of the Anatman [non-self]). Pot introduces you to your essence by stripping away socio-cultural influences.

          If you’re talking about the bible, I think it’s safe to say that the ‘talking bush’ BS could have been due to being high.

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            Monday, February 22, 2021 at 6:45 pm

            I’m referring to the Vedic scriptures, which disclose the instructions for people to live civilized life. There are four basic principles: no intoxication, no meat eating, no gambling, no illicit sex. Additionally, the knowledge about so called Gunas, or three modes of material nature is also represented: these modes are mode of goodness, mode of passion and mode of ignorance. So, any intoxicants are classified as attributes of mode of ignorance. And that means it promotes impure habits and inclinations in people and leads to degradation.

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      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 8:05 pm

      It’s only harmful for weak conciousness protected by ego inflation.

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        Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 8:15 pm

        Any proofs?

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          Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 9:42 pm

          my anxiety and depression has gone away, I started meditating, working out and consume much less meat nowadays.

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            Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:42 am

            Well, I dont deny some positive effects of cannabis, but there is dark side of it, anyway.
            You cannot have absolutely positive effect, using drugs, without any sacrifice.

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            Monday, February 22, 2021 at 3:42 pm

            Nothing is without sacrifice. It’s all about balance. Eventually, one has to take a break.

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      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 8:21 pm

      cannabis is used by humans since prehistory. get over it.

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        Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 8:35 pm

        Well, in the same way we can claim “People have been killing each other and other living beings since prehistory. Get over it”. The fact that something wrongful has been being done for ages doesn’t mean that we should leave it like this and let it go without prevention now. That’s one of the reasons why we live. Otherwise, that’s just hedonistic concept of an idler.

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          Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:52 am

          There is only one reason why we live, to procreate. Stop making s#!t up.

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      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 8:28 pm

      If you had a brain, you’d be dangerous.

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      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:26 am

      Speak for yourself. My consciousness is much improved by ganja.

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        Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:54 am

        Man, it’s common for all people…There are no people who have ever truly gained or who will ever truly gain real benefits from this.
        Of course, I dont deny some sort of positiveness and joy, which brings this drug. But point is that the effect is temporary and illusionary. Just like any intoxicant it gives you something “valuable” (that’s why people consume it), but in return and finally it takes away from you much more! The problem is that people are blinded by positive effects and cant see the whole scenario, so they cant see the consequences and what will wait for them later on…

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      Jesus Monroe

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 4:23 pm

      Thanks for that Konstantin…….I’m well and truly fucked…….haha

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    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    Forget it. Until they quit with the nonsensical leafy soups for 500 baht BS, they’ll be left behind as the western world makes leaps and bounds in the cannabis research industry. Meanwhile people will do whatever they see fit outside of “the law” and they’ll be none the wiser. Life will go on regardless of their draconian behaviours.

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      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 8:06 pm

      Always has been

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      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:27 am

      Would you like a ganja leaf in your soup, no thanks I bought my own

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    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Without any doubt this will be a good profit. now it wil be legal to sell drugs – and – never mind the consequences – just if its money then anythings goes – – fraud cheat. .lie. get drugged- wil be like another Afganistan – exporters of drugs. . and self use. . thats why a country never will work, or change

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    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Primary cash crop for farmers? Just how much pot does the government think the hospitals need? If you thought corruption was bad before, just wait till the country is awash with a semi illegal drug. The possibilities for a black market and bribery will be exponentially larger. I’m not making a judgment on use, need or morality. Just pointing out the system being set up is fraught with loopholes, grey areas and potential for illegal abuse. Heck there will be more pot harvested at night than during the day alone.

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      Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 11:40 pm

      Let’s look at California or Colorado… yes California has some major problems, cannabis consumption (for the sake of getting high) isn’t a problem)

      Colorado took in billions of tax revenue from the part that you get high from.

      The federal govt cannot collect these taxes because it still schedule one drug.

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    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Exactly Edward my thoughts entirely headline should be
    Cannabis primary cash pot for government not farmers

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Here in Phnom Penh cannabis is available everywhere.
    Yet not many take it.
    I suppose the attraction is that is is forbidden.
    If it is cheap and available. nobody want the stuff.

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      Grumpy John

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 5:30 am

      That’s interesting. Has it been stated such by the local authorities or is that your personal observations?

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      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 6:36 pm

      I think the weed needs watering. Relax man relax

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    Dave the wave

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:22 am

    Marijuana has very little medicinal value. It is a drug to get high and it is addictive. That is the truth. Maybe people will start to using the drug and have a benefit but as time goes by, if they smoke everyday they will be addicted and all the benefits will be end. It is the same with any drug.

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    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:24 am

    Will be a funny air pollution when they burn down the crops!

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    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Great news, but it’s only gonna be a major cash crop if you can access lucrative markets (N America, or tourism). Most of the tourists are gone. Even if they get approval to export, Thai weed has a long way to go to compete with the quality you’ll find in N America.

    What you’re left with is the local market, which isn’t exactly lucrative.

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      James Pate

      Monday, February 22, 2021 at 6:09 pm

      Yep, no one in North America wants an inferior product with God knows what in it. The weed in the US is definitely “not your father’s Oldsmobile”.

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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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