Cannabis in Thailand: what tourists need to know

by Mark Inc.

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Thailand has relaxed its cannabis rules, but not everyone realizes what is and what is not allowed in the country. This can lead to problems among tourists. What is allowed and what is not allowed? “Since legalization, nobody really knows if they have the right information,” said Kitty Chopaka, an independent cannabis lawyer in Bangkok.

The Ministry of Health has therefore published a new guide. As long as tourists follow some simple rules, there is nothing to fear," said Mandel Menachem of cannabis information center High Thailand.

Cannabis Rules

People over the age of 20 who are not pregnant or breastfeeding are legally allowed to consume marijuana. Smoking can be done in a person's home and cannabis in food can be consumed in a licensed restaurant. Smoking marijuana — containing more than 0,2 percent THC — can result in a 25.000 baht ($750) fine and a three-month prison sentence.

Where can you buy it?

There are over 2.600 registered cannabis stores across the country selling cannabis flowers, CBD oil, pre-rolled joints, edibles with a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content of less than 0,2%. Pharmacies are easy to find in cities such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya. “Try to buy things from reputable, recognized places,” says Chopaka.

Growing weed?

To grow marijuana, individuals must register with the country's Food and Drug Administration. A license is also required for the use of cannabis flower buds for research, export or processing for commercial purposes. There is no personal use limit, says Menachem. However, the Ministry's signpost advises against driving after consumption.

What remains prohibited?

Tourists are not allowed to enter or leave the country with any part of the plant or its seeds. Also, possession of extracts with a THC content of more than 0,2% requires permission that tourists do not have.

Source: theguardian.com (EN)

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