Thailand, the first country in Southeast Asia to decriminalize cannabis, is now considering rewriting its laws on the plant. Thailand’s health ministry will seek cabinet approval next week for a draft bill to ban recreational cannabis use.
- Thailand’s cannabis industry, which has thrived since the decriminalization of cannabis, may face new regulations that could restrict recreational use.
- The government proposed limiting medical and health-related use of cannabis, reversing a landmark legislation from the previous administration.
- Cannabis vendors in Thailand have experienced positive economic and personal transformations since entering the cannabis business and are hopeful that they can continue operating under any new regulations.
The future of Thailand’s cannabis industry is uncertain due to the government’s deliberation on whether to re-regulate the plant solely for medical purposes. Thailand plans to ban recreational cannabis could shut down the numerous marijuana shops and farms that have emerged since the country’s decriminalization efforts two years ago.
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