Thai Food and Drug Administration still planning on allowing recreational cannabis in “some” areas


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has indicated that the Ministry of Public Health wants to utilize the benefits of cannabis following its removal from Thailand’s list of prohibited drugs.

The administration said the use of cannabis for recreational purposes will be allowed in designated areas, though the ministry is still working out which should be eligible.
Dr. Paisarn Dankum, secretary-general of the FDA, said this does not mean Thailand will see cannabis cafes any time soon, but there are many different models overseas involving legal recreational use that the ministry believes would suit the nation’s social context.
Concerning home use, Dr. Paisarn said there would be no change in the law and it would remain illegal unless prescribed as a treatment for a legitimate medical complaint.
The Narcotics Control Board is considering the ministry’s latest draft list of narcotic substances and whether cannabis with concentrations of THC over 0.2% of the total weight should be included.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said recreational use is not part of his ministry’s supervision, noting that the ministry will focus on the health and economic aspects of the plant.
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