Thailand legalised cannabis in 2022 and has since seen a boom in tourists coming to Thailand to enjoy cannabis. But new regulations could impact foreign visitors to the country.
Cannabis consumption rules in Thailand: penalties for violating cannabis
Thailand has introduced strict regulations for foreign tourists who consume cannabis in the country. The regulations aim to regulate the use of cannabis and promote its medical benefits while ensuring the safety and well-being of visitors.
The regulations state for example that tourists cannot bring cannabis-based products into the country, even if they are legal in their home country. This includes CBD oil, which is legal in many countries but is still considered a controlled substance in Thailand. Tourists who are caught with these products could also face imprisonment and fines.
The guidelines have been praised by some as a positive step towards regulating the use of cannabis in the country, while others have criticized them as being too strict and limiting the freedom of tourists.
The Medical Cannabis Institute has produced an infographic (link to PDF on Google Drive) with ten rules on behalf of the Ministry of Health.
In short, the ten rules are as follows:
- Carrying seeds or parts of cannabis plants from and to Thailand for personal use is not permitted.
- Cannabis cultivation is legal, but growers must register on the Food and Drug Administration's Plook Ganja application or the agency's website.
- A permit is needed to use cannabis buds for research, export and sale and further processing for commercial purposes.
- Individuals under 20 years old, pregnant and breastfeeding women not allowed to use cannabis except under the supervision of health professionals.
- Possession of extracts containing more than 0.2% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and synthetic THC requires permission.
- Dishes containing cannabis are only available in authorised restaurants.
- Approved cannabis-based health products can be purchased through authorised channels.
- Smoking cannabis in public spaces, including in and around schools and shopping malls, is illegal.
- Avoid driving after consuming food or health products containing cannabis.
- Those who experience adverse side effects from cannabis should promptly see doctors for treatment.
In conclusion, Thailand's government has released new guidelines for foreign visitors who use cannabis for medicinal purposes in the country. The regulations aim to regulate the use of cannabis and promote its medical benefits while ensuring the safety and well-being of visitors. Tourists should be aware of the consequences of breaking the rules.
Not keen on visiting Thailand? Check out a previous blog on cannabis tourism.