The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is launching a phone app and a website for people to register if they want to cultivate cannabis and hemp plants, which are being removed from the category 5 narcotics list, its deputy secretary-general Withid Sariddeechaikool said.
FDA website introduces its Plook Ganja app.
From June 9, all parts of cannabis and hemp plants, except extracts containing more than 0.2% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), will no longer be on the narcotics list.
Dr Withid said the FDA is launching the application "ปลูกกัญ" (Plook Ganja, or plant ganja) and website http://plookganja.fda.moph.go.th where people can register. People can grow it without asking for permission and just register on the app. The app "ปลูกกัญ" would be for both IOS and Android systems.
Registration of cannabis and hemp cultivation would enable authorities to know how much is being grown, and where. The sites could also be used as a source of information for businesses to find sources of raw material for the production of cannabis and hemp-based goods.
Dr Withid said the FDA has trained officials in the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration health department and provincial administrative organisations throughout the country, so they can explain to people how to register their cannabis and hemp cultivation via the app or website.
The website was working yesterday afternoon. It was partly in English.