Thailand’s Cannabis Act Draft proposed to House of Representatives for law approval today

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Bangkok –

The Narcotics Control Board (NACC) Committee yesterday, January 25th, approved, in principle, the removal of cannabis and hemp from Thailand’s Narcotic Act, Category 5, allowing the domestic planting and growing of cannabis at home, as proposed by the Ministry of Public Health.

The Cannabis Act draft would list all of the drugs that remain in Category 5, including opium, Psilocybin mushrooms, and cannabis extracts containing more than 0.2% of THC. Its goal was to issue control requirements and ensure the suitable amount of extract will be medically used for research, industry and health purposes, food products, etc.

The draft would be introduced to the House of Representatives today, January 26th, according to Public Health Ministry’s plan. If approved, it would come into effect 120 days after being published in the Royal Gazette.

Meanwhile, frameworks and drafting regulations of homegrown cannabis would be determined under the cooperation with the FDA and would be issued afterward to prevent the use for other purposes, especially commercial and recreational purposes at home, with sandbox proposals being mulled.

Until then, the Public Health Minister also warned the public not to grow and use cannabis as it is still considered illegal and those violating the rules can still be prosecuted according to the current law.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.