Thailand Becomes the First Asian Country to Legalize Marijuana

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Thailand has become the first country in Asia to legalize the cultivation, sale and use of Marijuana.

  • Uruguay and Canada are, so far, the only two countries that have legalized recreational marijuana on a national basis.

  • Thailand's government has warned that those who smoke in public will be sentenced to 3 months in prison and a fine of 25,000 baht ($780).

  • What is Marijuana?

  • Marijuana also called weed, is a greenish-grey mixture of the dried flowers of Cannabis sativa.

  • The main psychoactive (mind-altering) chemical in marijuana, responsible for most of the intoxicating effects, is delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

  • The chemical is found in resin produced by the leaves and buds primarily of the cannabis plant. 

  • More than 500 other chemicals are also found in the plant, including more than 100 compounds that are chemically related to THC.

  • It is used for smoking, drinking, within food, or as an extract.

  • Some benefits of Marijuana

  • It works as a healer and has found mention in the Ayurveda.

  • It can be used to treat a number of diseases like multiple sclerosis, arthritis, epilepsy, insomnia, HIV/AIDS treatment, cancer.

  • It is a super-industrial carbon negative raw material.

  • It is being used to make bio-fuel, bio-plastics and even construction material in certain countries. 

  • By legalizing and taxing marijuana, the government can generate huge amounts of revenue.

  • It has the potential to become a cash crop for poor marginal farmers.

  • Its consumption was never regarded as a more socially deviant behaviour than drinking.

  • Its consumption was never regarded as a more socially deviant behavior than drinking alcohol.

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