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Thailand House Committee Limits Home Cannabis Cultivation to 10 Plants

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Thailand is fine-tuning the regulations for its cannabis industry after legalizing cannabis cultivation, sales and possession earlier this month.

The Lower House Scrutiny Committee on the cannabis and hemp legislation has opted to limit home cannabis cultivation to 10 plants, according to a Thai PBS World report.

The committee has also moved to limit the size of the land on which cannabis can be commercially cultivated, the news outlet reported. The bill would mandate that small growers cannot exceed 0.8 hectares for cannabis cultivation, medium-sized growers cannot exceed 3.2 hectares and large-scale growers cannot exceed 3.2 hectares, although there would be no limits on plant count.

The legislation, initiated by Bhumjaithai, the second largest government party, passed its first reading June 8, according to Thai PBS World. The bill will now be debated and voted on in the Lower House in its second and third readings, the news outlet reported.

Since the Public Health Ministry announced that cannabis and hemp would be removed from the Category 5 narcotics list, effective June 9, nearly 900,000 people have registered to grow cannabis, according to Thai PBS World, although there were initially no restrictions on home cultivation.

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Thailand’s government has also set to work on regulations that take aim at minors’ cannabis use, according to an ABC News report.

New rules took effect June 17 to forbid all public smoking of cannabis, the news outlet reported, as well as to ban the sale of cannabis to those under the age of 20, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

Additional regulations ban cannabis from schools, require retailers to provide information about the use of cannabis in food and beverages, and a law that defines cannabis smoke as a public nuisance that is punishable by jail time and a fine, ABC reported.


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