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After the previous amendment to the Thai Narcotics Act came into force in February 2019, allowing the use of cannabis for medical purposes, the regulatory authority noted that there was room for improvement regarding the licensing process and the limited access for patients to medical cannabis. In order to facilitate patient access to medical cannabis, the Thai Food and Drug Administration held a public hearing on a draft amendment to the Narcotics Act. The public hearing ended in June 2020.…

By way of background, “hemp,” as regulated under the Narcotics Act, is currently defined as having tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in leaves and flowers not exceeding 1% per dry weight. Certified hemp seeds are seeds of hemp that has THC in leaves and flowers not exceeding 1% per dry weight. On 28 January 2020 the Cabinet approved the principles of the draft Ministerial Regulation re: Licensing and Approval for the Production, Distribution or Possession of Narcotics Category V Hemp (the “Ministerial Regulation”)…

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…

The term cannabis has been in the spotlight recently not only in Thailand but also around the world as there have been many recent developments regarding medical and recreational cannabis that are worth noting and have spurred investments in many parts of the world, notably North America and some parts of Europe. For Thailand, with the recent legalization of medical cannabis, the topic is still a new one as regulations are still shaping up. However, it cannot be denied that…

Thailand’s legalization of cannabis for medical purposes continues to move forward. On 28 May 2019, the Thai Cabinet approved the draft Ministerial Regulation regarding Approval for the Manufacture, Import, Export, Sale, or Possession of Cannabis proposed by the Ministry of Public Health. Some of the key elements of the draft are: Definitions of the terms “Cannabis”; “Licensee”; and “Government agencies”.Categorization of seven types of objectives related to the manufacture, import, or export of cannabis: administration of cannabis for medical use…

There is an increasing global trend towards legalizing the use of cannabis, albeit to differing extents. Canada and Uruguay have fully legalized cannabis, while New Zealand has legalized cannabis for medical use only—although a referendum will be held in 2020 on recreational marijuana use. This trend is emerging even amongst Asian countries, which generally impose tough laws on drug use. Thailand is the first country in Southeast Asia to legalize the use of cannabis for medical purposes, with Malaysia and…

Across the world, countries are revisiting their laws on the use of cannabis. For some countries, such as Canada and Uruguay, the legalization of the use of cannabis extends to non-medical purposes, including recreational use. For a number of other countries, such legalization has been limited to medical use only. The move to legalize cannabis for non-medical purposes is a direction being debated in light of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, as amended by the 1972 Protocol, which…