Over 100,000 people register to grow cannabis

Over 100,000 people register to grow cannabis

An academic at the provincial public health office of Samut Prakan shows cannabis plants in the compound of the office on Thursday as cannabis cultivation is legalised. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
An academic at the provincial public health office of Samut Prakan shows cannabis plants in the compound of the office on Thursday as cannabis cultivation is legalised. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

More than 100,000 people registered to cultivate cannabis with the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday morning as the legalisation of cannabis and hemp took effect.

FDA secretary-general Dr Paisarn Dunkum said on Thursday that the new law allows people to grow hemp and cannabis only if they register with the FDA via an app and a website.

On Thursday morning the app was downloaded for more than 50,000 times and more than 100,000 people completed the registration.

The FDA is issuing electronic registration certificates for registrants.

After registering, people can grow and use cannabis and hemp for purposes of improving their own health, the preparation of traditional medicines, and commercial and industrial purposes, Dr Paisarn said.

The delisting of hemp and cannabis from the government's Category 5 list of narcotics took effect on Thursday. The production, import, export, distribution, consumption and possession of cannabis and hemp are formally legalised.

Vocabulary

  • cannabis (noun): marijuana; a drug made from the dried leaves and flowers or resin of the hemp plant, which is smoked or eaten and which gives the user a feeling of being relaxed. Use of the drug is illegal in many countries. - กัญชา
  • certificate: an official document or record stating that particular facts are true - ประกาศนียบัตร เกียรติบัตร
  • consumption: using, eating or drinking something - การบริโภค
  • delist: to take something of a list -
  • hemp (n): the cannabis plant, especially when grown for fibre -
  • narcotics: illegal drugs such as heroin, cocaine or crystal methamphetamine - ยาเสพย์ติด
  • possession: something owned - ทรัพย์สมบัติ
  • registration: the process of recording names or information on an official list - การขึ้นทะเบียน, การลงทะเบียน
  • traditional (adj): of a custom, a way of life or a way of doing things that has not changed for a long time - เป็นประเพณี, ตามธรรมเนียม, ตามที่ปฏิบัติกันมา
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