Thai public asked for views on hemp legalization for industrial and medicinal purposes

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Thai public asked for views on hemp legalization for industrial and medicinal purposes    Anutin Charnvirakul, the leader of the Bhumjaithai party gestures during an interview with Reuters in Bangkok, Thailand, November 22, 2017. Picture taken November 22, 2017.

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is urging members of the public to give their opinions about a draft ministerial regulation, which would allow each household to grow up to 0.06 hectares of hemp plants.

Mr. Anutin’s concept is to make hemp a new cash crop for Thai farmers. The plant contains two important chemicals, namely tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabinoid (CBD), and is related to cannabis.

Currently, hemp is classed as a Category 5 narcotic, in accordance with the Narcotics Act and, hence,

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