Thai party dangles marijuana plan

A Bhumjaithai party election poster in Bangkok calling for easing of regulations that would turn marijuana into Thailand's next cash crop. The party says that allowing each household to grow six marijuana plants each will earn them US$13,000 (S$17,70
Bhumjaithai party leader Anutin Charnvirakul says potential coalition partners must accept its cannabis policy.

Bhumjaithai wants each household to be allowed to grow 6 cannabis plants for sale

Large posters of marijuana - until recently illegal in Thailand - have taken over prominent Bangkok street corners in the lead-up to elections on March 24.

A 90-day amnesty is in effect for people who possess the drug in the country, which became the first in South-east Asia to legalise medical marijuana last December. The Government Pharmaceutical Organisation, a state enterprise, launched the kingdom's first legal marijuana plantation last month in a secure greenhouse, in a cautious bid to grow its own supply for research and medicine.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 11, 2019, with the headline 'Thai party dangles marijuana plan'. Print Edition | Subscribe