Patients can now register with Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration for legal possession without being punished.
Regulations legalising the possession of cannabis for medical, research and other purposes were published in the Royal Gazette on 27 Feb.
This follows legislation being passed by Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly in December to allow for the medicinal use of cannabis and kratom, and on February 18, King Maha Vajiralongkorn signed the legislation, which allowed patients to obtain a medical cannabis prescription from a doctor.
The regulations cover possession by patients who need marijuana to treat an illness, and the criteria for legal possession by governmental organisations, professionals, private universities, farm community-based enterprises, international transport operators and patients travelling internationally.
A 90-day registration period for legal possession began with the publication of the regulations on Wednesday, ending on 19 May.
FDA secretary-general Tares Krassanairawiwong said patients with any illness could register for cannabis possession if they had the relevant medical certificates.