The Thai public will be allowed to plant cannabis and hemp without requesting permission from June 9th onwards, only by registering on an official application, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed Friday, May 20th.
Withit Saritsadeechaikul, Deputy Secretary-General of the FDA, told the Associated Press that from June 9th, those who are interested to grow the plants at home for health and/or commercial purposes will be allowed to do so without authorization but are required to register on the “Plook Kan” (Plant Cannabis) application, developed by the FDA.
However, the import of cannabis seeds, hemp, and other parts of the plant, such as inflorescences, leaves, branches, and stalks, will require a permit under the Plant Breeding Act B.E. 2518 and the Plant Quarantine Act B.E. 2507. Importing plant extracts classified as a narcotic must still be licensed under laws on narcotics.
The Deputy Secretary-General also mentioned that the FDA is currently in the process of preparing regulations to prohibit imports of herbal products as the FDA has a core policy to encourage entrepreneurs to produce and use raw materials that come from domestic plantings.
TPN notes that it appears only Thai nationals will be able to use the application at this point.
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