Lawmakers in Thailand are proposing a major change to the country’s marijuana law, and one that’s a significant step in the right direction.
As reported by Reuters, Thailand’s Bhumjaithai Party – part of the ruling coalition – has officially proposed legislation that would allow for up to six cannabis plants to be grown legally per household. Introduction of the proposal comes less than a year after the nation legalized medical marijuana.
Supachai Jaisamut of the Bhumjaithai Party, a third-largest partner in the coalition and in charge of the health ministry, said the draft law would allow up to six marijuana plants per household. Cannabis is still a drug under Thai law.
“The principle is for medical use, you can have it at home for ailments, but not smoke it on the street,” Supachai Jaisamut told Reuters. Jaisamut is part of the Bhumjaithai Party, which is teh third-largest partner in the coalition and is in charge of the health ministry
Supachai also told Reuters that the proposal would create the “Plant-based Drug Institute would have authority to purchase, extract and export cannabidiol (CBD), the chemical derived from the cannabis plan…. [he compares] it to the Californian model.”