Thailand finalizes removal of marijuana from the Narcotics list for medical and licensed use

The Cabinet has agreed to the removal of cannabis from the narcotic list under an approved ministerial regulation of the Public Health Ministry, said Traisulee Traisaranakul, Deputy Government Spokesperson, on Tuesday (January 28).

The regulation states that researches would be conducted on the effects of cannabis in medicines, cosmetics, and herbs in line with government’s policy to boost the country’s production competitiveness.

“Preliminary, this regulation allows the cultivation of cannabis plants by individuals and corporations, subject to the conditions on trade and possession.” Traisulee explained.

“The regulation also states that cannabis plants can be grown at the maximum of one rai per household” she said, adding that “Growers must be licensed, and grow only species specified in the new regulation”.

The Pattaya News notes that removing the drug from the Narcotics list for the above purposes does NOT make it legal for recreational use, use without a proper medical or growing license or removing criminal penalities for recreational use, which is still against the law.


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