Thousands Apply for ‘Weed Licenses’ Ahead of Marijuana’s Narcotic Removal


Cannabis will be removed from Thailand’s narcotics list on June 9, and thousands of people and organizations have already submitted “weed license” applications to Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration, or FDA.

The big questions like “Can my home grown marijuana plant contain high levels of THC?”, “Does my medical condition qualify to grow and use marijuana at home?” and “Do the same rules apply to Thai nationals and foreigners?” are still unanswered.

The license allows individuals or companies to import, possess, cultivate and produce cannabis or hemp. So far, the FDA has received 4,717 applications. The licenses will allow companies to use marijuana as an ingredient in drugs, cosmetics, food and beverages.

An FDA official said 80 licenses have been issued to date for the production of cannabis, hemp and cannabidiol, or CBD, products, including hemp seed oil, dietary supplements, beverages, seasoning sauces, jelly beans and instant foods.

Without FDA approval, marijuana remains an illicit drug in Thailand. Possession of 10 kilograms or more of cannabis is a crime punishable by 15 years in prison and punishable by a fine of 1.5 million baht. Marijuana use is punishable by a one-year prison term and a fine of 20,000 baht.

Currently, Thailand is pushing the medicinal and economic benefits of CBD, rather than tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Thai law currently allows marijuana products to contain less than 0.2% THC.

However, the first US-owned medical cannabis clinic in Thailand expects changes to Thai law after delisting next month that could allow higher levels of THC to be used in herbal products. of medical marijuana, such as the oil used to treat a range. illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, cancer and insomnia.

Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul previously told the public that they could grow marijuana at home from June 9, under strict conditions. Anyone who wants to grow marijuana at home must first get the green light from the FDA. First, they must inform their provincial public health office how many marijuana plants will be grown, exactly where they will be grown, and for what purpose (it must be for medical purposes). The office will forward the proposal to the FDA and once it is approved, marijuana can be grown legally at home.

While Anutin said you can grow “as many plants as you want,” individual households can actually grow up to six marijuana plants at home with FDA approval. Those who are registered as a community business (at least seven people) and have applied for a license from the FDA can grow an unlimited number of marijuana plants. Only community-owned marijuana can be extracted into products for sale with a THC concentration of less than 0.2%. Home grown marijuana cannot be advertised for sale unless it has received special FDA approval.

THE SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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