Thai ministry urges full legalization of cannabis

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The use, processing and sale of flowers and buds will also be legal, with a limited THC content.

Next year, the Department of Public Health will push for the legalization of all parts of cannabis, removing the final obstacle to the plant's full use and commercialization.

Thailand previously removed cannabis stems, roots, leaves and strands from its Category 5 narcotics list, but kept the flowers and buds there. The new code, which comes into force on Thursday, no longer distinguishes cannabis from hemp.

The next step will be for the ministry to announce a revised list of the five categories of narcotics based on the new law. Cannabis, in all its forms except one, will no longer appear there, Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said on Saturday. The only exception is cannabidiol (CBD) extracts containing more than 0,2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), he added.

Once the new list comes into effect, all cannabis products such as oil, soap, cosmetics and supplements, which normally contain less than 0,2% THC, will be able to be made and used freely.

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“This figure is not set unilaterally by Thailand. This is the standard of the World Health Organization, ”he said, referring to the level of concentration considered dangerous.

Mr. Anutin was in Nakhon Phanom province on Saturday to launch the “Cannabis Kickoff on Mekong Bank” event. This event aims to encourage people to cultivate and process cannabis to supplement their income, which in turn will boost the economy and agricultural tourism, he said.

There will be no restriction on the number of plants each household can grow. The only requirement is that they seek permission from the authorities before planting them.

The Food and Drug Administration has been instructed to streamline and facilitate the process. Health volunteers in the villages will also be asked to let people know that almost all hospitals in Thailand now have cannabis dispensaries offering alternative medicine, Anutin said.

The next step is to register approved drugs containing cannabis extracts on the universal coverage plan's main drug list available to all.

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“What we have achieved so far is to declare that the stems, roots, leaves and sprigs of cannabis are not drugs. From next year we will remove everything - stems, roots, twigs, leaves, buds, flowers and seeds - from the list of narcotics ”, did he declare.

Mr Anutin added that people have been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and that the cannabis initiative will help them.

“Until the economy picks up, we don't have new products as alternatives, people are going to keep doing the same things and competing with each other,” he said. “But if we give them a choice, they can learn to be inspired by it, creating new products and business models, which in turn will accelerate the economic recovery. "

The ministry also has a policy to promote other herbs like hemp and kratom.

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