The Thai government removed the entire cannabis plant from its scheduling as a narcotic in early 2022, which meant that, as of June, the plant has been legal. And a proliferation of licenced farms cultivating it and retail outlets selling the product have sprung up.
From a western perspective, a bizarre aspect to all this is the government is yet to even pass its main regulatory bill on the cannabis industry and nor has it commenced taxing product.
Indeed, Thai authorities seem to be allowing the marketplace to find its own legs before placing regulations upon it.
But there are some restrictions in place already, such as smoking in public being banned with serious penalties applying, and similar to traditional Thai medicines, cannabis cannot be sold to those under 20 and pregnant or breastfeeding women.
The dying breed of cannabis detractors that continue to haunt the Australian setting should pay a visit to the Land of Smiles right now to witness the impact legal weed is having, as the streets aren’t filled with crazed stoners causing havoc. In fact, there is no discernible difference out in public.
Sydney Criminal Lawyers recently toured dozens of Thai cannabis outlets across the country to gain an understanding of the scene. And one useful tip for anyone planning to do the same is that no one in the Southeast Asian country is mixing the green with tobacco. It’s straight ganja joints only.