Thailand first legalised registering medicinal marijuana in 2019, but in January restrictions were loosened to open the gates to various products and usage. Restaurants and cafes sprung up cooking hemp dishes, and bars created hemp-infused cocktails. People can now get a permit to grow hemp and manufacture and sell cannabis products. Thai law still treats hemp and cannabis differently as hemp is almost completely free of THC and is traditionally used for making clothes, rope, paper and similar products from its strong fibres.
Recreational use is not permitted in Thailand yet, though 16 states in the US allow it, and Mexico has legislation pending. Medicinal marijuana is legal in 50 countries already.
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Ichitan admits that the cannabis used in their drinks aren’t fully legalised yet, though they expect the entire supply chain and process to be approved soon as the cannabis legalisation trend grows around the world. Farming is still only allowed with strict government observation, and the narcotic use of ganja is only allowed for cultivation, research and medical use.
SOURCE: Nikkei Asia
Covid-19 has delayed a surge of cannabis progress in Thailand, with businesses on lockdown and a Bangkok cannabis convention postponed from April 19-20 (4/20 – cannabis enthusiast’s magic number) to July 19-20, as well as a seminar on cannabis extracts cancelled yesterday.
This cafe I’ve seen near my house before. Phuket town has loads of quite nice and stylish cafes. Recently, they’ve started selling products made with cannabis. Seems like a bit of a marketing ploy but I wish them lots of luck and they were nice enough to let me take some photos.
This could be the first step to full legalization. The economy surely needs some help as do the farmers. There is a long tradition of ganga in Thailand and in the past some of the best quality came (and still does apparently) come from Thailand known as Thai stick.
Cannabis in Thailand? Yes its true and no it won’t get you high. At least the legal one in the cafes 😉 Thailand legalized cannabis for medical usage in 2019. These days every part of the plant besides the seeds, flowers, and buds are legal. The medical industry is using cannabis extracts for medical usage and recently cannabis cafes are opening up in the country. In Phuket I know of at least three.
Let’s hope full legalization is coming soon so people can grow and provide for their families and the consumers can enjoy in peace. As well, full legalization will eliminate the mafia element currently controlling the drug market.