A small community in Buri Ram province has been selected to be the first to be allowed to grow medical cannabis in the home as part of a pilot project approved by the Thai Ministry of Health and expected to start early next year.
The project is part of the Ministry’s desire to enable Thai people to grow cannabis at home for medical purposes. The initiative is led by Anutin Charnvirakul, Minister of Public Health, who has overseen the growth of medical cannabis since its legalization in 2018. The Cannhealth Institute will submit details of the local cannabis cultivation project to Mr. Anutin for final approval.
The pilot project involves 10 households in a community near Ban Noen Malai Hospital in Khu Muang District, Buri Ram Province. Each house would be allowed to grow 6 cannabis plants in the garden.
Villagers can grow cannabis in their homes,” Dr. Kitti noted. “All they need is fences. They have to use uncontaminated soil and water for harvesting because we only accept quality, chemical-free cannabis.
The project will also require approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as domestic cannabis cultivation is still illegal in Thailand.
If approved, Buri Ram province will become the first province in the country where people will be able to grow cannabis in their homes for medical purposes without being prosecuted,” Dr. Kitti told Thai media.
At the same time, the Ministry of Health is pushing for the Thai Kingdom’s Narcotics Law to be amended to allow people to allow the practice more widely.
The Ministry of Public Health wants to see the feasibility of domestic cannabis with this pilot project,” said Dr. Kitti. “If the result is encouraging, the Ministry will expand the project to other provinces.