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Thailand Plans to Close Cannabis Loopholes

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Thailand’s new Cannabis-Hemp Act‘s first draft has been completed by the Public Health Ministry. It will not reclassify cannabis as a narcotic.

According to Public Health Minister Chonlanan Srikaew, the new legislation is a refined version of the initial draft. The updated version addresses public concerns and closes loopholes that previously allowed the recreational use of cannabis.

The Ministry of Public Health says that the law’s essence remains the same, classifying cannabis as a regulated herb. However, any extract containing over 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) continues to be categorized as a narcotic.

“The minister still advocates cannabis use for medicinal purposes, but recreational use is not endorsed. Hence, even personal cannabis cultivation requires official permission under the new law.”

Licensed cannabis establishments can continue operations, provided they adhere to the new legislation. This includes prohibiting cannabis smoking on their premises and refraining from selling dried cannabis buds.

“We will not close all cannabis shops, but adherence to the law is crucial. The new law will bar selling cannabis buds for smoking or even providing equipment for customers to smoke in their shops.”

Read the full article HERE.

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