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With the rising demand for hemp and cannabis, the department is revising regulations to make the rules more clear, according to department’s director general, Pichet Wiriyapapha. Those importing cannabis and hemp seeds will also need to get permission from the department. He says they plan to announce the new plan on cannabis and hemp seed regulations in May.
A new regulations for cannabis and hemp seeds imports is in the works by Thailand’s Agriculture Department. With certain parts of the cannabis plant now off the narcotics list, many are tapping into the market for CBD, or cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component in hemp and cannabis.
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CBD is known for its relaxing effects. Although there is still little research to back the claims, many say CBD can lesson anxiety and depression as well as provide relief for muscle pain and arthritis. In Thailand, CBD is growing in popularity, but parts of the cannabis plant high in the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, are still classified as a Category 5 narcotic.
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In the past year the police have been raiding bars and forcing people to give urine samples and drug tests. they are crazy. pot is a lot less available and a lot more expensive, not to mention other drugs. this situation will hopefully correct itself soon enough.
There is a very good massage parlor called Darling close to Sukhumvit on Soi 12. go there and if you lucky they will get you a pre rolled pack of 20 joints.
Marijuana import, export or possession are strictly prohibited, except With permission from Minister of Public Health in accordance with approval from Office of the Narcotics Control Board.
Marijuana isn’t treated as lightly in Thailand as it is in the United States. In fact, if you get caught, the cops will treat you as if you got caught with Heroin.
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In the islands, it is even easier to purchase pot. For example, the Bob-Marley restaurant in Kopan-gan sells pot as a menu item.
Law Enforcement: strict especially if your a tourist – i lived in thailand for 8 years and i smoked pot for 6 of those years. i have been arrested 3 times in bangkok and weed is no joking matter with the cops. i had maybe 20 grams and was told ide be in prison for 10 years with a smile. cops are not paid well in thailand so i was lucky to get corrupted cops each time and paid my way out. let me put it this way, they have a world cup of soccer in the jails there because there are so many tourist caught with drugs. the best way is to go in the south in the islands and there are not many cops there. as for asking in khoa san that is a stupid idea. they will want to make money off it and than fuck you over wit cops so everyone makes money. i have had a cop pull a sack a weed from his pocket threatening me to put it on me if i was to come back to that area.
Q: Do you have all of your permits and licenses?
A: Not yet, but this isn’t California. There aren’t thousands of applicants. We’re at the head of a (very short) line.
Q: In what jurisdiction is your company registered?
A: The Thai Cannabis Corporation is a Thai company, registered in The Kingdom of Thailand.
Q: Are Thailand’s native strains any good?
A: Yes. They are, in fact, legendary. Some of Thailand’s native strains are very high in THC; some are very high in CBD; most have a balance of both. Our early research will be to identify which are the most productive, and to make crosses of native and non-native strains that are even more productive…and then to ramp up production.
Q: So… you’re growing all of your cannabis outdoors?
A: Yes, after vegging the clones in simple, low-cost greenhouses. Here in the tropics we get sunlight for 12 hours and darkness for 12 hours, year-around, which is perfect for flowering outdoors.
Q: How can you expand so rapidly?
A: By partnering with contract farmers. These farmers already understand the cannabis plant. We will learn as much from them as they learn from us. We’ll supply greenhouse-vegged clones, help the farmers plant them outdoors under Thailand’s tropical sun, help them maintain the plants for maximum quality, and then buy the raw flowers back a few weeks later, year-round. We’ll have “demonstration” farms, too, but most of our product will come from smallholder farmers. We’re buying their bud, not buying or renting their land. That allows us to expand our production rapidly, with a high return on assets.
Q: If it’s a Thai company, why are most of its leaders and Independent Directors Westerners?
A: Because our company is export-focused, so we are modelling our customers. Please do note that our VP/HR and CFO are Thai nationals. We expect to hire a lot of Thais soon.
Q: You’re only growing Thailand’s native strains (“landraces”)?
A: Yes…and no. It is our understanding of Thai law that it is only legal to grow, in Thailand, (a) Thailand’s native strains, and/or (b) non-native strains that have been recently back-crossed with one or more of Thailand’s native strains. Our access to Thailand’s native strains (and Thailand’s extensive collection of other cannabis seeds) and our relationship with Maejo University (Thailand’s top agricultural research university) gives us a distinct competitive advantage in the breeding of new, patent-able strains. Most of the world’s current medical and/or adult-use commercial strains (a) contain Thai landrace genes, and (b) are overly-hybridized (ask any cannabis geneticist). We can back-cross these modern hybrids with their ancestral Thai forebears, to bring out the best qualities of both.