Tag: Thailand

Poll Finds Majority Support for Recriminalizing Cannabis In Thailand

May 20, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

A recent opinion survey by the National Institute of Development Administration in Thailand found that the majority of Thais support the government’s plan to relist cannabis as an illegal drug under federal law, the Bangkok Post reports. The poll found more than 75% majority support for the recriminalization plan, which was announced earlier this year by the health minister and then endorsed on social media this month by the prime minister. Conducted on May 14-15, the poll asked 1,310 people aged 15 and older for their… Read more.

Thailand Prime Minister Aims To Re-List Cannabis as Narcotic By End of 2024

May 10, 2024 · High Times

Looking back to early 2023, Thailand’s climate surrounding cannabis looked incredibly different than conversations surrounding the plant today. The country made major waves after becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to allow medical cannabis use in 2018, and it received global attention after decriminalizing recreational cannabis in 2022. Though, the events that followed — including an influx of tourists openly using cannabis in public, the opening of plentiful cannabis cafes and reportedly thousands of pot shops over a handful… Read more.

Thailand’s ‘wild East’ cannabis industry braces for regulatory earthquake

February 12, 2024 · MJ Biz Daily

Thousands of cannabis businesses in Thailand are bracing for major legal and regulatory changes as the country looks to curb adult-use sales and pivot the industry back to a medicinal market. The government’s latest draft cannabis law looks to end a legal vacuum that unintentionally allowed the recreational marijuana industry to flourish after a 2022 decision to declassify the drug as a narcotic. The new law could radically alter the business prospects for thousands of cannabis store owners and cultivators… Read more.

Thailand Seeks Public Opinion on Draft Bill To Ban Recreational Use After Decriminalizing

January 12, 2024 · High Times

Thailand leaders believe the country’s move to decriminalize led to a surge of cannabis shops and unintended recreational use, and are backpedaling the law, clarifying several changes. A draft bill to ban recreational use of potent cannabis products was published online on Jan. 9. Under the bill proposal, anyone who smokes cannabis for recreational purposes will face a fine of up to 60,000 baht (about $1,709.53). Those selling cannabis or its extracts for recreational purposes face up to one year… Read more.

Thailand Reverses Course on Cannabis Legalization

January 11, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Thailand is on the brink of a major shift in its cannabis policy with the introduction of a new law proposed by the Minister of Public Health, Mr. Cholnan Srikaew. According to the Thai Examiner, this law aims to strictly regulate the use of cannabis, focusing solely on medical applications and effectively outlawing its recreational use.The proposed legislation stipulates that any cannabis product with a THC level above 0.2% is illegal, a stark contrast to the previous more liberal stance that… Read more.

Thailand Is Threatening Stricter Cannabis Laws. Weed Shops Are Confused

November 17, 2023 · Vice

A radiant symbol has recently emerged among the bright neon signs lining Bangkok's streets: the weed leaf. After legalizing medical cannabis in 2018, last year Thailand became the first country in Asia to decriminalize weed. Today, people over 20 who are not pregnant or breastfeeding can consume it without punishment, although smoking in public spaces can still land you a hefty fine. That’s led to a boom in cannabis shops across the country. And with a dispensary practically now on every… Read more.

Nana welcomes Siam Green Cannabis Co. Bangkok’s latest branch

November 9, 2023 · Thaiger

Nana is the latest neighbourhood to get a fresh dose of cannabis as Siam Green Cannabis Co. continues to expand across Bangkok, following the successful launch of their first branch in Phrom Phong last May. Officially opened on August 24, Siam Green Cannabis Co.’s new Nana branch is located on the main road of Sukhumvit between Soi 10 and 12. It’s more than just a cannabis dispensary, though — it’s a unique experience waiting to be explored. Siam Green Cannabis Co. offers a consistent… Read more.

Thai Government Walking Back Cannabis Legalization

October 13, 2023 · Cannabis Now

The government of Thailand is taking steps to walk back the legalization of adult-use cannabis, barely more than a year after personal use of the plant was legalized in the Southeast Asian nation. The government passed a law to decriminalize cannabis in June 2022, when the plant was removed from the nation’s list of illegal narcotics. Under the legislation, adults aged 20 and older are permitted to use cannabis for medical purposes, although not in public places. Adults are also… Read more.

Thailand to Shut Down Recreational Cannabis? Prime Minister Tells the UN He Is Shutting Down Adult Use Weed!

September 27, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Thailand’s Prime Minister May Stop Recreational Cannabis Use What This Could Mean For The Future Of Thailand’s Weed Industry For over a year now, Thailand has been enjoying its status as the world’s newest stoner’s paradise. Since June 2022, dispensaries and weed shops to cater to all kinds of lifestyles mushroomed all over the country. Thanks to Anutin Charnvirakul, the Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister for the Bhumjaithai Party. Since he was responsible for helping Thailand recover after the pandemic, he… Read more.

Thailand plans cannabis law rewrite to allow only medical sales

September 22, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Thailand’s new prime minister said the Southeast Asian country plans to rewrite its cannabis laws to allow only medical use, a move that would halt widespread recreational sales and fundamentally alter the industry. In an interview with Bloomberg, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin, who was elected in August, said there is a need to “rewrite the law” to stop adult-use sales from occurring. “The problem about drugs has been widespread lately,” he said in the interview. He said his government would “rectify” the… Read more.

Tourists Are Flocking to Thailand for Cannabis? – Cannabis.net Hits Bangkok to Check Out the Thai Weed Scene

July 30, 2023 · Cannabis.net

This Leafly Green Reason Is Why Travelers Are Flocking To Thailand Right Now I just spent a week in Bangkok, Thailand. For several decades, Thailand was among several Asian nations that were notorious for strict drug laws. In several cities around the country, however, the cops often turned a blind eye, focusing on more important crimes. The risk was greater than the reward, as it always is, in many countries in Asia if you do get caught selling, buying, or in possession of drugs.… Read more.

Marijuana Legalization In Thailand Hangs In The Balance: Political Stalemate, Smuggling & Business Challenges

June 13, 2023 · Benzinga

Thailand's marijuana legalization efforts, aimed at transforming the country into a regional hub for weed product development and cultivation, have encountered significant obstacles. Despite the legalization last year and the subsequent flourishing of dispensaries and cannabis-related activities, two major issues have emerged. Political Gridlock And Smuggling Hamper The Progress Of Thai Industry According to Insider, the first challenge is a political deadlock in the country's parliament, which has impeded the passage of the necessary regulatory framework.   The second problem is the infiltration of cheaper, higher-quality marijuana from the… Read more.

What is Cannabis Backlash? – Voters in Countries Like Thailand are Pushing Back Against Legalizing Weed

May 18, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Cannabis Backlash Gains Steam Heading Into Thailand’s Election Thailand's legalization of cannabis last year, encompassing cultivation, possession, distribution, sale, and consumption, was swift and comprehensive. Marijuana dispensaries have since increased rapidly, particularly in tourist hotspots nationwide. In certain regions, such as the capital, they have become ubiquitous. Despite the discouragement of recreational use, cannabis remains legal. The industry has been allowed to expand with relative freedom, subject to regulations such as age restrictions and prohibitions on public smoking. Thailand's parliament was dissolved… Read more.

Thai PM candidate casts vote in marijuana-print shirt

May 15, 2023 · Reuters

Thailand's health minister and cannabis advocate Anutin Charnvirakul turned heads during Sunday's election as he arrived to cast his vote at a polling station wearing a dark shirt with bright green marijuana leaves. The 56-year-old is the prime ministerial candidate for the Bhumjaithai Party, which has campaigned on a promise to promote medical marijuana after successfully pushing for the substance to be decriminalised last year. Without associated regulations in place, recreational use surged, angering the Southeast Asian country's conservatives. Anutin has promised that if re-elected,… Read more.

Cannabis divide deepens ahead of General Election in Thailand

May 13, 2023 · Thai

The future of marijuana in Thailand may become uncertain as political parties contesting in the upcoming national election call for the repeal of cannabis decriminalisation, which has been in effect for approximately one year. Pheu Thai Party‘s Paetongtarn Shinawatra, a prime ministerial candidate, has voiced her concerns about liberalised cannabis at a recent rally, stating the need to suppress drugs. The legal vacuum that emerged from decriminalisation has caused frustration among politicians and citizens alike, as the new industry was introduced before lawmakers could assess and pass regulations for its… Read more.

Thailand’s cannabis sellers say US growers are eating their lunch

May 9, 2023 · Aljazeera

Nearly a year after Thailand decriminalised cannabis amid promises of an economic bonanza, Thai growers and sellers say they are being undercut by illegal imports from the United States that sell for a fraction of the price of homegrown buds. Thailand struck cannabis from its list of banned narcotics in June 2022 after a high-profile campaign by Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul to establish the kingdom as a global hub for cannabis for medical purposes. But Thailand’s parliament has yet to pass a… Read more.

Thailand: Southeast Asia’s ‘weed wonderland’

April 30, 2023 · BBC

A new symbol has appeared in the kaleidoscopic jumble of neon signs that light up Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok's most international street. The sudden ubiquity of the five-pointed marijuana leaf, in lurid green, announces the spectacular boom there has been in weed-related businesses in Thailand since cannabis was decriminalised last June. Walk two kilometres east of the BBC office in Bangkok, and you pass more than 40 dispensaries, selling potent marijuana flower buds and all the paraphernalia needed to smoke them. Travel… Read more.

Meet the people in Chiang Mai riding high on the legalization of marijuana in Thailand

March 22, 2023 · Insider

In June last year, Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to decriminalize the use of marijuana. It comes after decades of being classified as a Category 5 drug. Cannabis, also known as marijuana, has had a long history in Thailand. Traditionally, the plant was used by locals in their food and medicine.  But in 1935, using marijuana — whether as a drug or otherwise — was criminalized. And until last year, anyone using or possessing marijuana could face… Read more.

High times: Cannabis-infused spa treatments are taking Thailand by storm

March 13, 2023 · The Thaiger

Thailand has long been known for its traditional spa treatments that incorporate ancient healing techniques and natural ingredients. But with the legalization of cannabis in June 2022, a new trend is emerging in the world of wellness: cannabis-infused spa treatments. Cannabis-infused spa treatments are quickly becoming a popular way to relax and unwind in Thailand, and for good reason. CBD, one of the primary compounds found in cannabis, may have numerous health benefits, including reducing inflammation and promoting relaxation. At the… Read more.