Thai households will be permitted to grow six cannabis plants apiece in order to boost the country\u2019s burgeoning medical marijuana industry.\r\n\r\nHealth Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced the changes to Thailand\u2019s cannabis regulations in\u00a0a speech\u00a0in Bangkok. He said that permitting home cultivation would allow Thais to boost their incomes and ensure that there are no supply shortages.\r\n\r\nThailand became the first country in southeast Asia to legalize medical marijuana on Dec. 26, 2018. The outgoing military junta led by Prayut Chan-o-cha gave it the green light and the industry has continued to gain momentum after Prayut was installed as Prime Minister following this year\u2019s general election.\r\n\r\nAnutin is the Deputy Prime Minister as well as the Health Minister, and he is the driving force behind Thailand\u2019s liberalization of cannabis. He said his administration is in the process of changing laws to freely allow the medical use of marijuana.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe have high confidence that marijuana will be among the major agricultural products for Thai households,\u201d added Anutin, who pledged to speed up changes to the current regulations.\r\n\r\nAnutin leads the Bhum Jai Thai party, which is now a member of the ruling coalition along with Prayut\u2019s Palang Pracharath party. He is keen to see marijuana legalized for recreational purposes, but said it is unlikely to happen during the four-year term of the current government.\r\n\r\nThailand is currently working on legislation surrounding foreigners who want to get into its marijuana trade. The Ministry of Public Health has drafted a new rule that allows foreigners to hold shares in a cultivation firm as long as the holding does not exceed 33%.\r\n\r\nThe country\u2019s Narcotics Control Board will be tasked with assessing license applications if the proposed regulations are approved.\r\n\r\nThe Thai government has a\u00a0production facility\u00a0near Bangkok and it yielded its first batch of cannabis oil. Authorities have also turned illicit cannabis seized from the black market into medical marijuana products, but there is still a chronic supply shortage and Anutin hopes widespread home cultivation will help alleviate that.