On March 10th, 2020 at the Parliament House of Thailand, Dr Pansiri Kulnartsiri, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Hemp, addressed the positive progress of the work of the subcommittee on hemp. The subcommittee is seeking for solutions on hemp usages, issues and guidelines, and its meeting has been held for the 7th time. The goal of the meetings is to support hemp to be an important economic crop of Thailand because it is agreed that hemp has numerous benefits and applications such as medical treatment, health products and consumer products. Therefore, we need to support hemp to be an alternative crop for Thai farmers. There are several reasons why hemp should be the new Thai economic crop. Firstly, Thai weather and geography are suitable for growing hemp. Secondly, Thai farmers are specialized in agriculture. Thailand is also a source of food and health products that are widely accepted at a global level. Moreover, we aim for agricultural and industrial benefits, and we want to preserve hemp as a part of Thai culture.

The cabinet has pushed through a ministerial regulation allowing hemp to be produced, imported and exported after the Public Health Ministry sought to remove the plant from the list of narcotics last year.

Thailand is moving forward with its plan to allow residents to grow up to six cannabis plants and sell it to the government as a way to stock its legal medical cannabis market. “We are in the process of changing laws to allow the medical use of marijuana freely,” Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said last week in Bangkok. “We have high confidence that marijuana will be among the major agricultural products for Thai households. We are speeding up the law changes. But there is a process to it.”

After a famous Thai actor was widely reported to have allegedly given a certain type of candy containing marijuana extract that causes dizziness and irregular heartbeat to a girl, sweets or other consumer products with THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) have become a hot topic on social media. THC has psychoactive properties that help in relaxation and reduce stress if they are taken in the right amount, but can be dangerous if consumed in exceeding doses.

new law on cannabis legalization will address two issues many foreigners want to know: roles of foreigners in production of weed-based medicine, and how international travelers may bring medical cannabis with them into Thailand for personal use. Firstly, foreigners will be able to own shares in commercial production of cannabis pharmaceuticals under a new regulation, as long as those shares doesn’t exceed 33 percent.

Thailand is ready to accelerate its fledgling medical marijuana program. Anutin Charnvirakul, the country’s health minister, said Wednesday that the government will now permit household cultivation of six cannabis plants in an effort to bolster supplies for medicinal products, and provide another potential cash crop for people there.

PATIENTS must produce an official medical certificate that specifies their symptoms when seeking an amnesty for the possession of marijuana.

THOSE WHO use or possess cannabis have until May 19 to seek amnesty offered under just-introduced subordinate laws.