Thai authorities stress prohibition on marijuana planting by foreigners

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-31 21:52:51|Editor: Wu Qin
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BANGKOK, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Thai Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives on Wednesday reiterated the stance on prohibiting foreigners in growing marijuana in Thailand.

Both ministries on Wednesday told the media that they have consulted with franchising business researchers about medical uses of marijuana and reaffirmed that no foreign businesspersons will be allowed to grow marijuana plants in Thailand.

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and Deputy Agriculture Minister Praphat Phothasuthon said that both ministries have met up with 11 franchising business researchers from the United States, Israel and Europe.

Anutin said he believes that Thailand’s tropical weather is able to grow quality marijuana genus but insisted that all classifications of marijuana should be under the jurisdiction of the Thai government.

Anutin also said that all marijuana grown in Thailand will merely be produced for medical uses.

The public health minister and deputy agriculture minister dismissed news reports that foreign businesspersons had sought to obtain permission to grow marijuana plants in Thailand.