Thailand has dropped hemp and low-THC cannabis extracts from its list of banned narcotics in order to accelerate the development of its nascent medical marijuana industry.
The intention is to allow extracts to be used in medicine, cosmetics and food, and support hemp as a “cash crop”, Tares Krassanairawiwong, Secretary-General of the Food and Drug Administration in Thailand, told a press conference. It could also open up the industry for private firms.
Thailand’s outgoing military junta legalized medical cannabis at the end of 2018. It has begun producing marijuana in a large facility near Bangkok and it recently yielded its first 10,000 bottles of cannabis oil.