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A 70-year-old woman and a relative were arrested in northeast Thailand for growing one cannabis plant each
Mar 24, 2022 • 26 minutes ago • 2 minutes read • Join the conversation Photo by Alessandro Bianchi /Reuters
A 70-year-old woman and her 48-year-old relative spent a night in jail after they were arrested for growing one cannabis plant each in northeast Thailand.
Home growers must be using the plant for medical purposes and Thailand’s food and drug regulator chief has said previously that there would be random inspections.
Those who grow without notifying the government face a fine of up to 20,000 baht, or about $750, while those who sell cannabis without a license could face up to three years in jail and a 300.00 ($11,200) baht fine.
The 70-year-old woman reportedly told police that she uses the plants, which were sprouting from a garden in front of her home, for medical purposes, including boiling the leaves for tea. The woman reportedly hadn’t sought permission to grow the plant.
The couple were arrested around 10 am on Sunday morning and the police reportedly refused to speak to the woman’s son, a lawyer, about the possibility of bail.
They were released the following morning and 10 villagers have reportedly filed a complaint about both the initial denial of bail and the fact that the pair were arrested without a warrant.
“I was just growing marijuana for medicinal purposes and ended up being arrested and at the police station,” the grandma told the daily newspaper ThaiRath. “Then, they wouldn’t let me out on bail. I ask for justice for all involved,” she added.
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