Marijuana sales boom in Thailand

After decriminalizing marijuana for food use and private recreational use, Thailand is seeing a resurgence in sales

Marijuana sales boom in Thailand

Marijuana has suddenly become a trend in Thailand among many Thai restaurants that openly offer cannabis-infused food and drinks after it was removed from the list of illegal drugs on June 9. Numerous stores sell marijuana and smoking paraphernalia, with plants that used to grow secretly in backyards now being cultivated and sold openly, the Thai Public Broadcasting Service reported.

A Nonthaburi grocery store in a converted shipping container now offers a cannabis cheese burger and fried chicken with shredded cannabis leaves. The owner said the leaves are also used in the marinade for the chicken as a condiment.

A housewife from the northeastern province of Buriram said she secretly planted hemp in her garden and uses the leaves as food or brews it as a drink to sleep well. The woman has now asked her children to move the cannabis pots to the front of the property because she no longer needs to hide and hide them.

A member of a community enterprise in the northeastern province of Byngkan said that they had been growing and processing cannabis for some time with permission from the authorities, adding that they were now going to start selling cannabis seedlings.

The owner of a store in Bangkok’s Lat Phrao district, which began selling recreational cannabis and smoking supplies, said it took only a few hours to run out of stock yesterday. Today, several customers had already been queuing in front of the store since early this morning. According to the owner, the store used to sell only cannabis-containing food and drinks, but now the store has also started selling dried marijuana at 450-700 baht per gram.

The store’s recreational marijuana vendor claims to check the IDs of all young-looking customers to make sure they are 20 years old or older. The store does not allow smoking cannabis on its premises, he adds. A store employee said that some customers come in with their parents, who advise them on how to properly use the product. Another store employee admitted that he himself uses marijuana periodically, he used to do it secretly, but now there is no need to hide anymore.

On the first day of marijuana legalization in Thailand, more than 150,000 people registered to grow cannabis at home. The change in the law allows people to grow their own cannabis after registering at plookganja. fda. moph. go. th or through the «ปลูกกกัญ» mobile app.

A total of 3,071 inmates serving time for cannabis-related crimes have been released from prisons across the country since the removal of marijuana from Thailand’s list of illegal drugs went into effect, Deputy Director General of the Department of Corrections Tawatchai Chaiwat said.

Deputy National Police Chief Roy Yingcapairote said police will not arrest those who smoke marijuana at home. But those who smoke marijuana in public places could face charges, he added. Selling marijuana to people under the age of 20, pregnant women, breastfeeding women and certain groups of people designated by the Department of Health remains prohibited.