Not so fast, government tells Thailand's growers, new law not in effect yet

People planning to grow cannabis after it was removed from Thailand’s list of controlled drugs should just be patient and wait as the new law is not in effect yet.

This from the deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam, who points out that the regulation only relates to some cannabis products, not all. The Bangkok Post reports that the law will be implemented 120 days after it’s been announced in the Royal Gazette. At this point, Wissanu says there will be more clarity provided on what constitutes the legal use of cannabis.

On Tuesday, the Narcotics Control Board approved the Public Health Ministry’s proposal that cannabis and hemp be legalised, with the exception of cannabis extracts containing more than 0.2% by weight of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul will now endorse it and the final step will be publication in the Royal Gazette.

Until then, Wissanu says people shouldn’t jump the gun, adding that anyone caught growing cannabis before the new law is enacted will face prosecution, let alone growing anything with a high THC content.

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