2022: A roller-coaster ride for Thailand’s cannabis industry

Thailand started 2022 with the bright hope that cannabis would be made completely legal. However, as the year draws to a close, calls for cannabis to be returned to the…

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Thailand’s cannabis legal vacuum spawns multibillion-baht business plus health concerns

Thailand has spent more than six months trying to pass a law to control the use of cannabis, but this legal vacuum is likely to continue for some time. Many…

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Thailand eases restrictions on import of cannabis or hemp seeds

A new edict has been issued by the Department of Agriculture to ease restrictions on the import of cannabis and hemp seeds. Effective today (Saturday), cannabis and hemp seeds can…

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Cannabis Bill addresses all concerns raised by Democrat and Pheu Thai parties

The Cannabis Bill, which has been reviewed by the House Scrutiny Committee, addresses all the concerns raised by both the Democrat and Pheu Thai parties, said Suphachai Jaismut, head of…

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Thailand’s Cannabis-Hemp Bill withdrawn from House agenda

The Bhumjaithai party’s flagship piece of legislation, the draft Cannabis-Hemp Bill, which has already passed its first reading in the House of Representatives, was dealt a major setback when the…

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Will cannabis legalization without regulation come back to burn Thailand?

The legalization of cannabis in Thailand on June 9 brought a huge vacuum in the regulation of “pot” across the country. More than a month later, there is still very…

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Food outlets warned that they must get permission to sell products containing cannabis

Thailand’s Department of Health has warned outlets which provide food or drinks containing cannabis, at their locations or through other channels, to apply for permission from local authorities or face…

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Thai secondary student hides cannabis in a water bottle for school

Dr. Sutheera Uerpairojkit, a paediatrician at Ramathibodi Hospital, posted the story on her Facebook page of a secondary student who secretly brought cannabis to school in a water bottle and…

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Fine Dining dish with a Cannabis leaf. (Photo by Veena Thoopkrajae)

Cannabis-infused food and drink products are not for everyone

Anyone can now grow cannabis plants at home following registration with authorities via a mobile app as well as use and sell them in Thailand. The change in the law…

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Thais warned not to take cannabis or hemp products to some countries

The Thai embassies in Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam have advised the Foreign Ministry to warn Thai people not to bring cannabis, hemp or their extracts when they visit these countries,…

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Society needs to learn how to use Cannabis and Hemp

Thailand is not the first country to legalize the cultivation and sale of cannabis and hemp for recreational use, but it requires a well-planned approach and preparation to ensure people’s…

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How to avoid derailing renewed cannabis debate

When the “freedom” to own guns was constitutionally embraced in America a long time ago, critics must have given the same warning as their Thai counterparts up in arms against…

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Rush to register cannabis and hemp cultivation overwhelms system

More than 100,000 people rushed to register to grow cannabis and hemp plants, through the Thai Food and Drug Administration’s (TFDA) website https://plookganja.fda.moph.go.th, and the “plookganja” application this morning (Thursday),…

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Thailand’s Cannabis and Hemp Bill sails through 1st reading in Lower House

The Lower House overwhelmingly passed the first reading of the Bhumjaithai party’s Cannabis and Hemp Bill yesterday (Wednesday), which will legalise the controlled use, production, sale, import and export of…

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Thais will be able to grow marijuana for personal use, while businesses can cultivate the herb on a large scale to produce cosmetics, food, and innovative products, beginning June 9. (Photo by David Gabrić)

What is and isn’t allowed as Thailand legalizes pot

On June 9 (Thursday), cannabis and hemp finally become legal in Thailand and can be used not just for medical purposes but also as a cash crop. Thais will be…

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Over 3,000 convicted of cannabis-related offenses in Thailand to be freed Thursday

More than 3,000 people serving prison terms for offences related to cannabis or hemp are to be released tomorrow (Thursday) when the announcement of the Public Health Ministry, removing the…

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Four Si Racha cops transferred for arresting woman with one cannabis plant

An inspector and three other Si Racha district police officers, in Thailand’s eastern province of Chon Buri, have been transferred to inactive posts at the operations centre for arresting a…

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A staff holds a cannabis plant at the Government Pharmaceuticals Organisation (GPO) medicinal marijuana greenhouse outside Chon Buri, south of Bangkok on October 8, 2020. (Photo by Mladen ANTONOV / AFP)

Thai police asked to be cautious when dealing with people growing cannabis

The Royal Thai Police has been asked to educate its officers across the country about the new legal status of cannabis and hemp, following the arrests of two elderly women…

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Cannabis to partially come off Thailand’s illegal narcotic list in about 4 months

Public Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul signed a ministerial announcement today (Tuesday) officially removing cannabis and hemp from Category 5 of the country’s list of narcotics, effective 120 days after its…

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Cannabis, hemp greenlighted to be decriminalised in Thailand, recreational use remains banned

Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board today (Tuesday) endorsed the Ministry of Public Health’s drafted announcement on decriminalising cannabis and hemp, by removing the two plants from Category 5 of the drugs…

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A step closer to decriminalisation of cannabis and hemp in Thailand

The Narcotics Control Committee agreed today (Thursday) to decriminalise the use of all parts of and extracts from cannabis and hemp in Thailand by removing the plants from the Category…

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Thailand approves 218 formulae for cannabis, hemp-based cosmetics

The Thai Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has approved 218 formulae for cannabis and hemp derived cosmetics, paving the way for their domestic production. Acting Deputy Secretary-General of the TFDA…

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This undated handout photo released by Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital on January 14, 2021 shows a worker examining cannabis plants in a crop being grown in Prachinburi Province, to be used in dishes at the Abhaibhubejhr Spa Cuisine restaurant in Prachinburi, east of the Thai capital Bangkok. (Photo by Handout / Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital / AFP)

Multipurpose marijuana could light up another economic engine for Thailand 

Marijuana could generate up to Bt8 billion for Thailand’s pharmaceutical industry over the next five years, but farmers stand to make little from growing the herb, experts say. Last year,…

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Thai public asked for views on hemp legalization for industrial and medicinal purposes

Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is urging members of the public to give their opinions about a draft ministerial regulation, which would allow each household to…

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Hemp, its extracts and hemp seed now delisted from Category 5 drug list

The Ministry of Public Health has issued a ministerial announcement to delist hemp extracts, hemp and parts of the hemp plant from the list of Category 5 narcotic drugs to…

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