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Thailand government promotes cannabis as a cash crop at Buriram festival

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Photo via Facebook / อนุทิน ชาญวีรกูล (Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul)

Thailand’s government is pushing for cannabis use in all kinds of foods and products, as long as the plant’s psychoactive component, which causes the “high,” isn’t used. Over the weekend, people flocked to the Cannabis 360 festival held by the government in the Isaan province Buriram. Those at the festival could get a cone of hemp soft serve ice cream or taste other food and beverages seasoned with cannabis leaves.

The country’s public health minister Anutin Charnvirakul, an avid cannabis and hemp supporter, promoted the event, posting a photo on his Facebook page of himself surrounded by cannabis plants.

The director of the Buriram public health and organiser of the event, Withid Sarideechaikoo, told Reuters that cannabis is “the rising star to bring our good quality of lives and money back in our purses as good (economy) as before and even better.”

The festival also promoted growing hemp, a variety of cannabis which has a low concentration of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and a high concentration of the non-psychoactive component cannabinol, or CBD, which has been used to treat anxiety and muscle pain.

Thailand was the first country in Southeast Asia to legalise medical cannabis back in 2018. Recently, parts of the cannabis plant with low traces of THC were removed from Thailand’s narcotics list. The THC-rich buds are still classified as a Category 5 narcotic, carrying fairly hefty penalties for possession and consumption.

SOURCES: Reuters

 

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    Jim Ferrante

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    Unfortunately, countries such as Thailand are succumbing to the globalist beast that chips away at a country’s soul. Just like they’ve done to the West

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    Dreqo

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    “The THC-rich buds are still classified as a Category 5 narcotic, carrying fairly hefty penalties for possession and consumption.”

    Hopefully no one’s falling for this latest PR stunt.

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    Nipral

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    How smart !!! Replacing tourism by cannabis ! It takes a military sort-of-government to
    entertain such brilliant ideas.
    Thailand has been promoted as the California of S.E. Asia.
    Congrats kids !!!

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    It will be impossible to stop growers skimming off potent parts of the plant for selling for non medicinal purpose.
    I do not think the government care, as long as they collect tax.

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    Gosport

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 9:59 pm

    Yes, some parts surely go to market. I don’t people will buy red bull, they will buy blue buds.

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    EdwardV

    Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 12:26 am

    More crop will be harvested at night than during the day. The corruption and black market will explode. You know Buriram use to be such a nice town…

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