Thai health ministry proposes easing rules on cannabis use


A cannabis plant is on display at the first full-time clinic prescribing cannabis oil for medical treatment in the Public Health Ministry in Nonthaburi province, Thailand, Jan. 6, 2020. Thailand, which in 2020 became the first South-East Asian nation to decriminalise the production and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, has moved to loosen regulations on the drug. - AP

BANGKOK, Jan 22 (AP): Thailand, which in 2020 became the first South-East Asian nation to decriminalise the production and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, has now moved to further loosen regulations on the drug.

The Public Health Ministry’s Food and Drug Administration proposed that cannabis -- which includes marijuana and hemp plants -- be completely dropped from its official listing as a prohibited narcotic or psychotropic substance.

The government’s Narcotics Control Committee agreed to present the FDA’s proposal next week to the Narcotics Control Board. If it agrees, the public health minister will sign the measure, which would then become effective with its publication in the government gazette.

The new proposal would facilitate previous measures liberalizing the use of cannabis for medicinal and commercial purposes, such as its inclusion in foodstuffs.

Officials at the FDA declined to speculate on the broader legal ramifications of purging cannabis plants from the prohibited list. Police and anti-drug officials were cited by the Bangkok Post newspaper as saying that even with the delisting, growing cannabis without official permission would remain illegal.

Thailand has not legalized recreational marijuana, and has regulated production and trade of legal cannabis. By law, legal cannabis must contain less than 0.2% by weight of tetrahydrocannabinol -- THC -- the psychoactive ingredient that gives users a high. That limit would remain under the current draft of the new proposal.

Under the 2020 legal changes, most parts of the cannabis plant were dropped from the Category 5 list of prohibited drugs, but seeds and buds, which are associated with recreational use, were retained. The measure now being proposed by the FDA would remove all parts of the plant from the list.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said Thursday that the proposal "responds to the government’s urgent policy in developing marijuana and hemp for medical and health care benefits, developing technology and creating income for the public.”

Anutin is the leader of the Bhumjai Thai Party, a major partner in the country’s coalition government. Anutin campaigned in the 2019 general election for legalization of production of marijuana to aid farmers. - AFP

Article type: free
User access status:
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Thailand , Health Ministry , New Move , Ease , Usage , Cannabis

   

Next In Aseanplus News

US business groups criticise Biden's Taiwan arms sales policy
Duterte signs law giving rights, more protection to abandoned kids
Myanmar reports 24 new Covid-19 cases
Kim slams negligent officials over spiralling N. Korea Covid outbreak
New China Covid flareups raise risk of more disruptive curbs
Indonesian preacher denied entry into Singapore
Singapore to build largest industrial district cooling system by 2025
Thailand records 5,633 Covid-19 cases and 45 deaths�
Flight data shows China Eastern jet deliberately crashed: Report
World Food Prize winner says food systems are crucial in tackling climate change

Others Also Read