More than 3,000 prisoners are set to be released in Thailand as the country’s new cannabis laws take effect.
According to Thai PBS News, there are 4,075 inmates convicted of marijuana-related offenses and 3,071 were convicted of marijuana-related offenses alone.
There also may be a significant amount of money and cannabis that could be reclaimed upon the prisoners’ release.
The publication said about 110 million baht (about USD$3 million) has been seized and 16 tons of cannabis has yet to be destroyed.
The owners of the money and the cannabis may be able to reclaim their seized property after June 9.
Thailand will remove cannabis from its Category 5 narcotics list and possession will no longer be illegal.
However, only low potency cannabis will be allowed. The country said products with THC levels higher than 0.2% will still be illegal.