Starting a Cannabis Businesses in Thailand? On June 9,2022, The Ministry Public health has published the list of Category 5 drugs in the Narcotic Act, removing parts of cannabis and hemp from narcotic drugs. The lists include all of the parts of cannabis and any extracts made from the plant must not contain more than 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and Cannabidiol (CBD).
After the announcement come into force in the following regulations, people can grow cannabis without asking for a permission from authorities before planning it, but they have to registered via the “Plook Ganja” mobile application in order to notify The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that they intent to grow cannabis for household use or for commercial use. However, the sale of cannabis seeds or branches shall comply under the Plant Varieties Protection Act.
In addition, any person who has been convicted of drug-related offences, shall be deemed as not having ever been convicted by the judgment for committing such offence, with the detail as follows:
Do Cannabis plant and hemp growers need to ask a permission from the authorities?
They don’t have to ask a permission but they have to notify via FDA’s “Plook Ganja” application.
Can people import cannabis and hemp extracts? How?
The import of cannabis and hemp extracts is still strictly regulated by the authorities and need to ask a permission because all part of cannabis extracts have been classified as narcotics under category 5 under the Narcotics Act of Thailand.
Will cannabis and hemp extract included in medical devices be considered Category 5 Narcotics?
They will not be listed as Category 5 Narcotics, but will fall under the Medical Device Act.
Permission needed when importing finished products that contain cannabis or hemp extracts?
Permission is not required because these products do not fall under the Category 5 Narcotics List, but the FDA will control their import based on usage and manufacturing intent.
In case of importation of Food with cannabis extracts, cannot be imported under Notification of the Ministry of Public Health, (Number 424) of B.E. 2564, Section 6 (8), punishable by a fine of 5,000 – 20,000 Baht and imprisonment of 6 mouths to 2 years.
Importation of cosmetics with cannabis extracts is not allowed in Thailand, shall be punished under the Cosmetic Act B.E. 2558, Section 6(1), by a fine not exceeding 200,000 Baht or imprisonment not exceeding 2 years, or both.
In the case of importing other health products such as herbal products, shall comply under the law as specially provided for that purpose.
Importing parts of cannabis and hemp (except seeds):
The importation of hemp and cannabis plants. Both for commercial and personal use is prohibited. This except herbal products that are imported by the government agencies, Public Higher Education Institutions or for research studies. The import of seeds must comply with The Plant Quarantine Act, B.E. 2507 and The Plants Act B.E. 2518.
Permission for importing cannabis seeds or other parts of the plants?
This would include the entire plant, stalk, fiber, leaves, flowers, or root, to produce herbal products or extracts.
There are the following steps as below:
Does the dispose require permission according to any law?
Disposing of any part of plant without requiring any permission unless dispose as a raw materials or production of herbal products shall require a license application.
Disposing of seeds, seedlings and cuttings must comply with The Plants Act B.E. 2518
Disposing of extracts is permitted under the law of Narcotics.
Disposing of product comply with the law as provided for its purpose.
Is it possible to import products containing cannabis and hemp extracts, and products containing parts of cannabis and hemp. This including any parts of plants that import for commercial and personal use?
The import of the finished products (food, cosmetics, herbal products). That is any import of products containing cannabis and hemp extracts. Hemp as well as products containing parts of the hemp, both for commercial and non-commercial use is prohibited. This except herbal products that import by Government agencies with a purpose to prevent or treat diseases. These are the Thai Red Cross Society, Public Higher Education Institutions for education and for research studies.
Could foreigners start a cannabis business in Thailand?
Yes, You can start a cannabis businesses in Thailand. The work permit or business registration is required. Whereby the foreigner should register a foreign business license (FBL), if there is more than 49%, of the shares in the company.
Source: Narcotics Control Division Cannabis, Food and Drug Administration