Recreational use is not permitted in Thailand yet, though 16 states in the US allow it, and Mexico has legislation pending. Medicinal marijuana is legal in 50 countries already.
Ichitan admits that the cannabis used in their drinks aren’t fully legalised yet, though they expect the entire supply chain and process to be approved soon as the cannabis legalisation trend grows around the world. Farming is still only allowed with strict government observation, and the narcotic use of ganja is only allowed for cultivation, research and medical use.
Covid-19 has delayed a surge of cannabis progress in Thailand, with businesses on lockdown and a Bangkok cannabis convention postponed from April 19-20 (4/20 – cannabis enthusiast’s magic number) to July 19-20, as well as a seminar on cannabis extracts cancelled yesterday.
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These cannabis drinks are selling for 30 baht across Thailand in 7-11 stores, malls, conveniences stores, and more than 13,000 vending machines. Ichitan is hoping to sell 500 million baht worth of the teas this year as the first company to nationally mass market cannabis products. Their CEO said the “urban new generation” is their target demographic and that being first to market is an important strategy.
But in Thailand, the government sees huge potential, with MFC Asset Management planning Thailand’s first hemp-related mutual fund with expectations of over 17% annual growth over the next 5 years. Farmers could grow hemp and cannabis with large profits, and the Thai government is even eying a tourism boost for medical tourism and just plain curious travellers.
SOURCE: Nikkei Asia
The cannabis drinks Ichitan launched are not aimed at the party crowd like other combinations of drinks and controlled substances – they are less Four Loko at the club and more sipping while curled up with a good book. One is a terpene scented sugar-free camomile green tea and the other is a lemon and terpene infused sweet green tea. Cannabidiol or other psychoactive elements have been left out of the teas.
Another reporter added: “Stay the hell away from them. Be polite and smile a lot :)”
and also: “I paid 1000 baht for about 5-7 grams of compressed outdoor sativa. It was absolutely seedless and plenty potent. It comes from the north of Thailand from what I hear. The guys who got it for me threw in a pack of Rizla Blues, and I rolled up a 3 gram spliff for us (of THEIR bud). I got reallllly high, and they complimented my rolling skills. :)”
Another reporter informed us of “1000TB for 10 grams”
Sinsemilla Thai outdoor ganja. Good stuff!
Brands: Thai Stick ia the most normal type of weed in Phuket.
It will be a very little chance that it really is marijuana.
This could be the first step to full legalization. The economy surely needs some help as do the farmers. There is a long tradition of ganga in Thailand and in the past some of the best quality came (and still does apparently) come from Thailand known as Thai stick.
Cannabis in Thailand? Yes its true and no it won’t get you high. At least the legal one in the cafes 😉 Thailand legalized cannabis for medical usage in 2019. These days every part of the plant besides the seeds, flowers, and buds are legal. The medical industry is using cannabis extracts for medical usage and recently cannabis cafes are opening up in the country. In Phuket I know of at least three.
This cafe I’ve seen near my house before. Phuket town has loads of quite nice and stylish cafes. Recently, they’ve started selling products made with cannabis. Seems like a bit of a marketing ploy but I wish them lots of luck and they were nice enough to let me take some photos.
Let’s hope full legalization is coming soon so people can grow and provide for their families and the consumers can enjoy in peace. As well, full legalization will eliminate the mafia element currently controlling the drug market.