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CANNABIS AND HEMP FOR COSMETICS AND FOOD (Thailand)

NO&T Asia Legal Review

Author
Yothin Intaraprasong, Poonyisa Sornchangwat, Kwanchanok Jantakram (Co-author)
Publisher
Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu
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NO&T Asia Legal Review No.39 (September, 2021)
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*Please note that this newsletter is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. In addition, it is based on information as of its date of publication and does not reflect information after such date. In particular, please also note that preliminary reports in this newsletter may differ from current interpretations and practice depending on the nature of the report.

Background
In response to the Thai government’s policies, the legalities regarding the use of cannabis and hemp have progressively been reformed. The primitive legislative change in laws concerning cannabis and hemp seemingly took place in 2019 when the Amendment of the Narcotics Act of 2019 was passed, allowing the use of cannabis for research and medical purposes under licensing system (Please see the details of amendment of the Narcotics Act of 2019 in our article newsletter “Relaxation of Cannabis Regulation: A New Hope for Alternative Medicine” here. .Thereafter, the Thai government has continued to take action in the cannabis and hemp industry and move towards further legalization.

At the end of 2020, the parts of cannabis and hemp plants containing extremely low content of psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) of not exceeding zero point two percent (0.2%), such as the leaves, branches, stems, bark, fiber, and roots, have been dropped from the narcotics list of Thailand1. Additionally, Kratom (scientific name: Mitragyna speciosa) has just been dropped from the narcotics list this August 2021.

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