Thailand eases restrictions on import of cannabis or hemp seeds

A new edict has been issued by the Department of Agriculture to ease restrictions on the import of cannabis and hemp seeds. Effective last Saturday, cannabis and hemp seeds can be shipped to Thailand from abroad by air, sea, or over land instead of by air alone, as previously stipulated.

There is no longer a requirement for the seeds to be treated with fungicide; hence, there is no need to specify the fungicide or the amount used in the disinfection process in the plant safety certificate.

Deputy Government Spokesperson Traisuree Traisoranakul said that other restrictions previously stipulated remain enforceable, such as importers being required to apply for an import permit from the Department of Agriculture.

The cannabis and hemp seeds to be imported must not be genetically-modified and must be in clean containers, which are free from insects, other seeds, soil, and plant or animal remains.

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