Thailand Opening to Serious Medical Cannabis Production
Even though the cannabis flower will remain illegal, the government of Thailand has upcoming plans to remove the leaves, stems, branches, bark, trunks, fiber, and the root of hemp and cannabis plants from the narcotics list. As a result, people in Thailand will have access to infused food products and cosmetics, according to sources.
These brand new regulations will be drafted by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and will include hemp seeds, their extracts, and cannabidiol (CBD). Moreover, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) will most likely be limited to 0.2% max.
In addition, the plants will be cultivated by authorized individuals, besides traditional medical practitioners and research teams. Not only that, but community cooperatives, enterprises based on community, and universities will also be allowed to cultivate plants with zero limits on their number.
According to Paisal Dunkhum, FDA secretary-general, the latest regulations would facilitate the manufacture of hemp and cannabis-based health products, as well as garments and textiles.
Medical cannabis became legal in Thailand the previous year, making the country the first nation in Southeast Asia to do so. However, pot is still illegal, and the sanctions are high (no pun intended).
Nevertheless, Thailand is looking to become the main spot for producing medical cannabis, with the Thai government investing a whopping 100 million baht (or $4.2 million) into the country’s first indoor growing facility the previous year. Earlier in 2020, in an attempt to educate the public about Thailand’s medical cannabis program, officials presented a cute cannabis-leaf mascot called Dr. Ganja.
So, are cannabis-infused products set for Thailand? We shall have to wait and see what 2021 has in store for the citizens of this South Asian country.