Thailand has begun a campaign on Friday to give out 1 million free marijuana plants, a day after legalizing its commercial cultivation.
Thailand legalized medicinal marijuana for medical use in 2018, but it now hopes to turn it into a cash crop and a lucrative local business.
On Thursday, cannabis was de-listed from the country’s narcotics list, allowing people to grow the plant if they register on a government app.
Following the decriminalization of the drug, the country has begun the distribution of one million marijuana plants.
The plant will be distributed nationwide over the course of the next six months.
Authorities, on the other hand, discourage its recreational use, and smoking in public can result in jail time and penalties.
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, is restricted to 0.2 percent in cannabis extracts and products sold in Thailand, which include oils and sweets.
Growing cannabis at home necessitates registration with the government’s PlookGanja (or “grow ganja”) smartphone app.
More than 300,000 individuals have signed up for the app, which has had millions of downloads from those interested in learning more about cannabis, according to Austin.
Thailand’s prison service claims that 3,000 individuals have been released from jail for cannabis-related offenses.