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Thai’s Reminded Marijuana and Hemp Still Classified as Class 5 Narcotics

“Marijuana and hemp are still classified as a Class 5 narcotics. Growing, imports, export, sale, possession or consumption without a permit is illegal.”

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BANGKOK – Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board has reminded People you cannot grow marijuana or hemp plants even though they are exempted from the narcotics list.

Cannabidiol (CBD) with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)is allowed for use in traditional medicine, the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), announced Saturday.

CBD is an active ingredient in cannabis while THC is responsible for psychological or “high” effects.

“Marijuana and hemp are still classified as a Class 5 narcotics. Growing, imports, export, sale, possession or consumption without a permit is illegal.”

On Friday, the Royal Gazette published two announcements on marijuana and hemp, effective retroactively on Aug 27.

The Public Health Ministry, adds two exemptions to marijuana and hemp as Class 5 drugs.

  • CBD extracted from marijuana with 99% purity or more and with THC at not more than 0.01% by weight.
  • Extracts or products with CBD as the main ingredient and with THC at not more than 0.2% by weight.

They must also be classified as drugs or herbal products under related laws  only used for these purposes. In the first five years from Aug 27, 2019 the exemptions apply only to locally made products by licensed producers.

The second announcement was issued by the ONCB on the definition of hemp for control purposes.

Meanwhile, Thailand’s Justice has warned farmers that the cultivation of Marijuana is still illegal. Unless special permission has been granted by authorities.

Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said that laws and regulations related to Marijuana need to be promulgated before the general public can start using marijuana or begin cultivating it.