A farmer tending to a kratom plant on a farm in Nonthaburi. (Photo by Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) / AFP)

The journey of traditional herb kratom – from banned narcotic to legal cash crop

For nearly 80 years, traditional herbal remedy kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) featured on the list of banned substances. But on August 24 it was not only legalized but also became a…

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Photo: Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, Narcotics Division

Kratom can be grown legally, leaves sold commercially in Thailand from Aug 24

From August 24th, Kratom plants (Mitragyna speciosa) can be cultivated legally and its leaves, which contain psychotropic alkaloids, may be sold commercially in Thailand with impunity, while those being detained…

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NLA unanimously passes pot bill in first reading

The National Legislative Assembly on Friday unanimously passed in the first reading an amendment to the Narcotics Act which seeks to legalize the import and export and possession of marijuana…

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