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In a 1st in Asia, Thailand Legalises Marijuana—But No You Still Can’t Smoke Pot

Thailand on June 9 became the first country in Asia to legalise the cultivation and possession of marijuana, although it maintained its ban on recreational use of cannabis.

The Thai Food and Drug Administration scrapped marijuana from its list of narcotic drugs in a move aimed at boosting the country’s agriculture and tourism sectors.

Under the measure, it is now permitted to grow marijuana in your backyard and use it to treat illnesses. Up to six pot plants per home are allowed and these should all be registered. Companies may also farm their own plants under a permit.

Additionally, F&B establishments are permitted to sell cannabis-infused products but said items should contain less than 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound responsible for triggering the state of “high” associated with smoking the plant.

This means it is still illegal to use marijuana for recreational use. Those found guilty of smoking pot in public will face up to three months in jail and a fine of US$800.

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