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Cannabis Legislature Summarised

A breakdown of Thailand’s cannabis legislature would be the following: CBD or “hemp” based cannabis products are completely legal in Thailand. Marijuana can be homegrown if approved by the Thailand government. Approved homegrown cannabis is created with medical intent.

Marijuana with THC content of 0.2% or more must be used only for medical purposes and registered with the Thailand Food and Drug Administration.  Individuals must receive a medical prescription for marijuana from a physician. They can go to approved government hospitals or cannabis clinics to do so.
If one is caught using a marijuana product with 0.2% THC content or higher for recreational use, he or she can be sent to jail for an extended period and may have to pay high fines.

Cannabis being officially decriminalised, in essence, means components of the plant including the bud and seeds can now be legally used for medical or science-related reasons. Decriminalisation is not a pass for one to go smoke marijuana for recreation. This is still a serious offense in the country of Thailand.
Is marijuana legal in Thailand 2022?

Yes, starting Thursday marijuana is legal in Thailand. In the past, asking if weed was legal in Thailand would have raised eyebrows. However, Thailand has recently changed its tune and the answer is not as straightforward as it once was.

On January 25th, 2022, cannabis lovers rejoiced as Thailand became the first country in the Asian region to decriminalize the plant. This is quite the contrast to other Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia and Singapore, where possessing large amounts of marijuana can lead to the death penalty. According to the latest announcement, the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) will remain in control over extracts that contain over 0.2% by weight of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the psychoactive ingredient that causes people who use marijuana to get high.

The latest rules and regulations for smoking weed legally in Thailand

Given that marijuana will no longer be illegal in Thailand starting June 9th, 2022, health authorities have urged the public to smoke on private property. Otherwise, they could get arrested for causing an “odor-based nuisance.”

The Department of Health sent orders to related agencies about the “inappropriate use” of cannabis and a warning that it could lead to arrests and will be charged for causing public nuisance under health laws. People who indulge in smoking cannabis can also face arrest if a nuisance case is filed against them. After the first warning, repeat violations will be fined THB ฿2,000 and a month in jail.

There is no limit on the potency of cannabis. However, creating secondary products such as hashish or oils with a potency of over 0.2% will be condemned. The parliament is yet to pass a bill that would forbid creating any such secondary substances.
The future of marijuana in Thailand

Decrimilazing weed would free smokers from legal anxiety; prisoners would be granted amnesty and released after June 9th. Note that drug convictions count for a large share of Thailand’s overcrowded jails. We will have to wait and watch how the new act will help the country in the long term, but for now, people in the Land of Smiles are waiting for the big day with a big smile and, obviously, a lighter!
What the delisting of cannabis means

Some people wonder what delisting marijuana means if it cannot be smoked recreationally. Essentially, the delisting of cannabis from the Narcotics Act allows for the plant to be more widely used for medical and scientific purposes. It permits the use of cannabis in medical and various health-related products as well.

Cannabis is an ingredient that has been prevalent in Thai traditional medicine for centuries. Until the 1930s, medical marijuana was legal and used to relieve pain and help with fatigue. Just two years ago in 2020, Thailand became the first country in Asia to decriminalize marijuana production and use it for medical purposes.

Even though smoking recreationally was not possible, growing marijuana at home is another story. Thai people can grow weed at home, but it has to be for personal use only (and therefore in small amounts). Those who are interested in growing on their own must first register with the authorities. It is worth noting that it remains a grey area as certain regulations and laws still apply