Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul delivered the cannabis sprouts to the Non Malai Sub-District Health Promotion Hospital in Buriram Province, where members of the local joint venture can grow up to 6 of these cannabis plants per household.

The Ministry of Health has shipped cannabis sprouts to a community facility in Buriram for cultivation and sale for medicinal purposes, as part of a campaign to encourage the cultivation of medicinal cannabis by villagers.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul delivered the cannabis sprouts to the Non Malai Sub-district Health Promotion Hospital in Buriram Province, where members of the local company are growing up to 6 of these cannabis plants as part of the Non-Malai Model pilot campaign can per household.

The sprouts delivered on this occasion come from the Hang Karok variety of cannabis grown at Chaophraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital in Prachin Buri.

From these plants, which are cultivated by the villagers, the Khu Mueang Hospital will buy the flowers to make palliative medicines. For other non-narcotic parts such as leaves, roots and stems, the Ministry of Health will be launching a campaign with the Office of Non-Formal and Informal Education to encourage their processing into herbal products and use in health services that enable villagers to earn income .

The Minister of Public Health said this campaign is a collaboration between the Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to provide high quality cannabis sprouts to farmers while maintaining the water sources, soil and knowledge of cultivation to prepare for farmers.

He said the campaign was based on a successful project in California in the US and will be expanded to other areas of Thailand. This project aims to help farmers earn around 420,000 baht of income each year. (NNT)