Spokesperson of the House Committee, Parnthep Pourpongpan, revealed more details concerning the cannabis and hemp use bill on Thursday, according to the Bangkok Post.
Here are some key pointers:
- Individuals who want to grow cannabis for commercial purposes must be Thai nationals, aged 20 and older.
- Businesses that want to grow cannabis for commercial purposes must be owned and operated by Thai nationals.
- Those who want to grow, process, extract, and sell the plants must seek permission from authorities.
- No more than 15 weed plants for household use are permitted, and registration can be completed in one day and with no fee.
- Operating small-scale businesses (no more than five rai) without permission is punishable by a one-year jail term and/or a fine up to B100,000.
- For large-scale businesses greater than five rai operating without permission, the punishment is three years in jail and/or a fine of up to B300,000.
- Those who export cannabis without permission face a jail term of up to five years and/or a fine up to B500,000.
- No online advertising of cannabis or cannabis-based products including equipment will be permitted; violation will incur a one year jail term and/or a fine up to B100,000. The bill also includes no exaggerating advertising.
- No online sales.
- No vending machines sales.
- No sales of cannabis and hemp, including their extracts and food with cannabis and hemp as ingredients, to people aged below 20, pregnant women, and women who are breastfeeding. Violation will incur a one-year jail term and/or a fine up to B100,000.
- No more than five rai of hemp plants per household for household use.
- Hospitals, medical, dental practitioners, Thai traditional medicine, Chinese traditional medicine practitioners, state agencies, the Thai Red Cross Society, and animal hospitals will also need to register for growing marijuana plants. However, they don’t need permission to make the medicine.
Right now, there has been only one hearing revealing these details and the second hearing could be as soon as the next few weeks. After that, there will be four more considerations before the King signs on and it becomes law. So, there’s still time.