Pilot Project to Promote Cannabis Cultivation in Local Communities

February 19, 2021

The Ministry of Public Health has launched a pilot project to promote cannabis cultivation in local communities for medical purposes and processing into health products to generate income for local people.

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on 11 February 2021 officially opened an event to hand over cannabis seedlings to a community enterprise in Ban Non Malai, Hin Lek Fai, subdistrict, Khu Mueang district, Burin Ram province.

The community enterprise consists of seven families as members, which have been allowed to grow cannabis plants. It was selected as a model for cannabis cultivation.

In this event, six cannabis plants were given to each family in the Non Malai community enterprise. The villagers will send cannabis flowers and buds to the local hospitals that have a traditional medicine unit. The cannabis flowers and buds will be made into medicine to provide treatment for local patients.

The Ministry of Public Health is working with the Office of the Non-Formal and Informal Education to arrange training for community enterprises in developing products made of cannabis in order to generate more income for communities.

The Non Malai hospital at the subdistrict level in Buri Ram is the first model under this project, which will initially be expanded to 251 subdistrict-level hospitals in 46 provinces, with the participation of 2,510 families.

Speaking during a videoconference, Mr. Anutin told public health officers in all provinces to provide community enterprises with proper knowledge and understanding about the Governments policy on the cultivation of six cannabis plants at the family level.

The Government is proceeding with its plan to develop cannabis for medical use, push for the development of this plant into a cash crop, revive local wisdom concerning cannabis, and promote research and technology transfer on cannabis cultivation.

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