WCD420 Thailand event will be held in Bangkok’s Carlton Hotel on April 19-20 to mark World Cannabis Day. The event is expected to draw large crowds, vendors showcasing a variety of cannabis-based products.
Jacky Ong, the president of Cannabis Investment Summit World (CISW) International, said the event would be a watershed moment for the cannabis use and trade both in Thailand and the wider Asian region.
“Thailand is ready to be a cannabis hub in Asia, as the regulations relating to legalisation have already been amended,” he said.
          According to Alexander K Lindgren, a medical tourism consultant for Thann Global Travel, said the tourism industry will also benefit from the government’s decision to promote the use of medical marijuana.
“Thailand is known to be one of the world’s best sources of cannabis strains, in addition to its reputation for wellness and healthcare tourism. Combining the two together will attract many tourists from all over the globe, including China, Europe and the United States,” he said.
          An adviser to the Association of Domestic Travel, Komsarn Wijitwikrom, agreed with Mr Lindgren, saying the move to legalise parts of the cannabis plant would allow future generations to learn and benefit from the crop, which could potentially translate into higher incomes in farming communities.
“We are on the right track now. We have a cash crop on our hands, so now we have to know how to market it,” he said.
While the use of bark, branches, leaves and roots of the cannabis plant has been legalised by the Food and Drug Administration, the flowers — which contains most of the plant’s psychoactive ingredients — remain classified as a narcotic.
          An adviser to the Association of Domestic Travel, Komsarn Wijitwikrom, agreed with Mr Lindgren, saying the move to legalise parts of the cannabis plant would allow future generations to learn and benefit from the crop, which could potentially translate into higher incomes in farming communities.
“We are on the right track now. We have a cash crop on our hands, so now we have to know how to market it,” he said.
While the use of bark, branches, leaves and roots of the cannabis plant has been legalised by the Food and Drug Administration, the flowers — which contains most of the plant’s psychoactive ingredients — remain classified as a narcotic.