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Over the past few months, Thailand and its Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) have taken strides to deregulate certain cannabis and hemp plants. These actions have the potential to change the future of the cannabis and hemp industry in Thailand, in ways that are set out in further detail below. I. Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health Notification Exempts Certain Parts and Extracts of Cannabis and Hemp Plants from Regulated Narcotics On 14 December 2020, the MOPH published a notification regarding…

On October 12, 2020, the Thai Cabinet approved in principle the draft “Kratom Act.” By way of background, kratom is an herbal extract that comes from a tropical tree that has stimulant qualities if used in high doses. It was previously controlled under the Thai Narcotics Act because of its addictive effects. However, following recent developments in the liberalization of cannabis and hemp in Thailand, the Thai government has also been considering liberalization of the rules regarding kratom. On March…

Although it may appear that the progress of cannabis liberalization may not seem to move as fast as most investors expect, from the experience of seeing the changes or drafting of the new laws which give significant impact to the industry or the public, we can say that the progress we have seen so far as from the time when this government came on board on 10 July 2019 has been quite impressive. Cannabis and hemp of certain qualities and…