Thailand decriminalises cannabis but smoking for recreational purposes still forbidden

Recreational cannabis smoking in Thailand can potentially get offenders three-month jail sentence

Stuti Mishra
Thursday 09 June 2022 18:15 BST
Thailand decriminalises cannabis but recreational smoking still banned

Thailand has decriminalised the cultivation and possession of cannabis, becoming the first nation in Asia to do so, with the aim of encashing business opportunities in food and medicinal use of the drug.

The law passed on Thursday, however, allows the use of cannabis only for medicinal reasons. Recreational smoking will still be an offence.

Recreational cannabis smoking in Thailand can lead to a jail sentence of up to three months and a fine of 25,000 Thai baht (£578).

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