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Thailand decriminalizes cannabis

Thailand decriminalizes cannabis

Thailand on Thursday became the first country in Asia to decriminalize cannabis for medical purposes.

Speaking to CNN in an interview, Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said he expected legal cannabis production to boost the economy, but warned that recreational drug use remained illegal.

Cafes and restaurants can also serve cannabis-filled food and beverages - but only if the products contain less than 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant's main psychoactive ingredient.

Strict penalties remain in place under the Public Health Act, including up to three months in prison and a $ 800 fine for smoking cannabis in public.