Thailand is giving away one million cannabis plants to households throughout the country in June to celebrate a change in its drugs policy.

Anutin Charnvirakul

The move comes after Thailand became the first Asian nation to decriminalise the use of cannabis for research and scientific purposes, meaning people will be able to grow it at home from June 9. 

In a series of Facebook posts this week, health minister Anutin Charnvirakul said the plan was for cannabis plants to be grown like “household crops”.

People will no longer need a permit to grow cannabis at home as long as it is for medicinal purposes and contains only trace amounts of THC.

“This will enable people and the government to generate more than 10 billion baht per year in revenue from marijuana and hemp,” Anutin added.

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