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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