Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul advocates letting households and farmers grow cannabis to supply hospitals. Thailand was the first country in Southeast Asia to legalise medical marijuana in 2018. Photo: Mladen Antonov/AFP

Thai medical marijuana craze as people rush to grow drug now it’s legal, and government encourages hospitals to champion its use

  • Thailand was the first Southeast Asian country to legalise cannabis for medical use, although possession of the plant has not been decriminalised yet
  • First government marijuana clinic has opened, and villagers in the country’s northeast used to rice growing have been asked to cultivate the plant for hospitals
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Thai Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul advocates letting households and farmers grow cannabis to supply hospitals. Thailand was the first country in Southeast Asia to legalise medical marijuana in 2018. Photo: Mladen Antonov/AFP
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