In June this year, Thailand became the first country in Asia to decriminalise cannabis for medical and research purposes following many years of some of the strictest anti-drug laws on the planet.
According to Time, Thailand has now included cannabis into an existing medicinal law, which means:
The Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in talks for setting up a “cannabis sandbox” that allows tourists to light up freely in designated zones. The Thai Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul however, has had rather contradictory statements regarding the legalisation and use of cannabis,
According to Charnvirakul, Thailand’s low-cost agricultural infrastructure primes it for capitalising on cannabis as a cash crop. The Global Cannabis Report predicts that the global market for cannabis will cross $120 billion by 2026 and that Thailand’s cannabis market is estimated to reach $1.2 billion by 2025.
What about India? Though cannabis legalisation legislations have been on a steady rise all over the world, something as radical as the decriminalisation in a country like India seems a fairly distant future. Here is a bit of myth busting on the preconceptions surrounding the much-tabooed substance,
While those advocating for the legalisation of cannabis for both medicinal and recreational purposes steadily grow in numbers with each passing day, the Thai model serves as a shining example towards the scrapping of these archaic laws and capitalising on the market potential of cannabis.
Now, to answer the question we began this with: You still can't smoke up in public in Thailand, even though cannabis has been decriminalised.