Thailand decriminalizes cannabis, becomes 1st Asian country to do so; recreational use still illegal


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Thailand on Thursday decriminalized cannabis, becoming the first Asian country to remove the ban on the drug. However, Thai Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul confirmed that tough penalties will still apply to those who use the drug to get high and warned against smoking joints, reported CNN. Charnvirakul said he expected legal cannabis production to boost the economy but cautioned that recreational use of the drug remains illegal.