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Cannabis removal from narcotics list approved by Ministry of Public Health

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Cannabis removal from narcotics list approved by Ministry of Public Health
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Cannabis enthusiasts have just won another victory as the Ministry of Public Health has agreed to remove the versatile plant from its narcotics list. The decision was made by the Narcotics Control Committee of the Ministry to no longer list cannabis as a Catagory 5 drug.

A meeting of the committee was held with the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Health presiding over the discussion. The panel agreed that most forms of the drug – cannabis, marijuana, and limited THC – would no longer be listed in Thailand on the Category 5 narcotic list.

While most forms will be decriminalised, extracts that contain a strong level of tetrahydrocannabinol will not be allowed. Extracts must contain less than 0.2% THC to be legally permitted. Also, all forms of cannabis that are legalised are only permitted to be grown within Thailand, with the importing of foreign products still strictly forbidden.

The approval by the ministry brings cannabis one step closer to being legalized in Thailand, with only 3 more major steps standing in the way. Next, on January 25, the Narcotics Control Board will consider a draft that the committee draws up in a meeting chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.

Once that hurdle is crossed, the draft can be moved on to Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul to sign into law. After that, it’s relatively smooth sailing for cannabis, with the only remaining step in legalisation being the publishing of the new law in the Royal Gazette.

Cannabis will then be treated as a controlled substance similar to alcohol or cigarettes – legal, but heavily regulated. The Food and Drug Administration will create rules to restrict how cannabis and its extracts can be used and sold as the plant is declassified as an illegal narcotic.

SOURCE: National News Bureau of Thailand


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