Cannabis guide for tourists issued

Cannabis guide for tourists issued

A vendor picks cannabis buds from a jar on Khao San Road in Bangkok in July last year. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)
A vendor picks cannabis buds from a jar on Khao San Road in Bangkok in July last year. (Photo: Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

The Ministry of Public Health has issued a guide titled “10 Things Tourists Need to Know about Cannabis in Thailand” to tell visitors about what they can and cannot do with cannabis in the country.

Thailand is the first Asian country to have decriminalised cannabis, which has led to great interest in cannabis-based products among visitors and people planning to travel to the country, according to the ministry.

However, there has been an explosion in recreational use of marijuana.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has insisted that the aim of decriminalisation is to promote medical use of marijuana and create economic opportunities for local people. Foreigners who want to visit Thailand just to get high should think again, he has said.

But in the current legal vacuum, hundreds of cannabis dispensaries — recreational and otherwise — have opened.

Meanwhile, the ministry asked provincial tourism offices to distribute the English-language handbook to visitors and it plans to make it available in other languages including Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Russian.

The 10 things tourists need to know are as follows:

  •     Carrying seeds or parts of cannabis plants from and to Thailand for personal purposes is not permitted.
  •     Cannabis cultivation is legal but registering on the Food and Drug Administration’s Plook Ganja application or through a government website is required.
  •     Using cannabis flower buds for research, export and sale and processing them for commercial purposes requires an official permit.
  •     Individuals under 20 years old, pregnant women and breastfeeding women are not eligible 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 available in authorised restaurants.
  •     Approved cannabis health products are accessible through specific channels.
  •     Smoking cannabis in public spaces, including schools and shopping malls, is illegal.
  •     Avoid driving after consuming food or health products containing cannabis.
  •     Those who have serious undesirable health outcomes from consuming cannabis should promptly see doctors for treatment.

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  • channel (noun): a method for doing something - วิธีการ, ช่องทาง
  • cultivation: the preparation and use of land for growing plants or crops - การเตรียมดินสำหรับเพาะปลูก
  • decriminalise: make not criminal, so that people can do activity without breaking the law -
  • dispensary: the place that hands out medication and drugs to patients undergoing medical treatment in a hospital or clinic -
  • explosion: a large, sudden or rapid increase in the amount or number of something - การระเบิด
  • extract: to remove a substance from another substance - สกัด
  • medical: connected with illness and injury and their treatment - ทางการแพทย์, ด้านการแพทย์, เกี่ยวกับการแพทย์
  • permit: an official document that gives you permission to do something - ใบอนุญาต
  • permit (verb): to allow someone to do something - อนุญาต, อนุมัติ, ยินยอม
  • recreational: involving enjoyment - เกี่ยวการสันทนาการ
  • seed (noun): the small hard part produced by a plant, from which a new plant can grow - เมล็ด, เมล็ดพืช
  • undesirable (adj): not wanted -
  • vacuum: emptiness; not having anything inside; not having air inside - สุญญากาศ, บริเวณที่ไม่มีอากาศ
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