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Thailand farmers hope to grow and export cannabis by next year

Caitlin Ashworth

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Under a proposed law, Thailand farmers would be allowed to grow cannabis and hemp for export without going through cannabis certified universities or medical institutes. The National Farmers Council president Praphat Panyachatrak says he hopes the new law will be in place by next year. The legislation is still being reviewed by the Public Health Ministry and National Legislative Assembly, but Praphat says he expects an announcement will be made soon.

Thailand’s recent rush to decriminalise and even legalise marijuana follows the Bhumjaithai Party joining the government coalition in 2019, headed by current Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. His elected MPs provide essential votes for the fragile coalition. His party ran on a platform of legalising marijuana.

Thailand has been gearing up for the global cannabis trade with talk of classifying medical cannabis as an economic crop. The classification would allow the plant to be exported to other countries. The government has also talked about adding a variety of cannabis cultivars to keep up with the demanding cannabis industry.

The National Farmers Council has been advocating for the cultivation of cannabis and Praphat says the new law will make it easier for farmers to grow the plant. He adds that farmers would be able to get a permit to grow cannabis as soon as they got an order from overseas.

Recreational marijuana is still illegal in Thailand and is considered a Category 5 narcotic. Those charged with distributing cannabis face 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine from 40,000 baht to 200,000 baht. Those caught distributing over 10 kilograms of cannabis face up to 15 years in prison and a fine from 200,000 baht to 1,500,000 baht.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand | Chiang Rai Times

 

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    murika

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    “farmers would be able to get a permit to grow cannabis as soon as they got an order from overseas.”

    you need to show the quality of your product before you’ll get an order, but you need an order to be able to grow it, another clever idea from some overpaid official

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      David

      Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      More pretzel logic.

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      Noneya Bidnizz

      Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 11:06 pm

      I am surprised these idiots in power can remember how to even breathe !

      NO ONE will place an order for something that DOESNT YET EXSIST and cannot be tested !

      Yet ANOTHER “ Bright Idea “ ( Brain Fart ? ) From Pinocchio and Company .

      They will watch Thailand burn as they scam / lie and Steal for every Baht they can and They WILL NOT CARE !!!

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    David

    Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 4:49 pm

    No surprise there. As in everything the answers can be found with sufficient money applied.

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    bomber

    Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 9:53 am

    So stupid, So you can grow it here and sell it to another country where it is legal but it’s not legal here.

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    Don R

    Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    An order from overseas… where?

    Would make more sense to actually legalizing IN Thailand first, then expand to intl market.

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    Kevin

    Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    Hello I am a grower with over 30yrs exp from Hawaii I am setting up a Corp now to Grow and Produce CBD and 420 Products. https://www.doncanganjacooperative.com We have 3 farms, Tractor and 2 harvesters. Anyone interested in a venture like this let me know!

    Also Hello Ms. Ashworth! I was a Big real estate Person in Port Charlotte Back in the Day. SW Fl has some great Fishing and Boating. Great work on the Reporting btw.. also is you have any “business” contacts you may share pls let me know!
    Kevin

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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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