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Marijuana growing to be tightly controlled

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Marijuana growing to be tightly controlled

By THE NATION WEEKEND

 

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Only Thai citizens who join hands with the government will be allowed to cultivate medical cannabis, says the Thai narcotic control board head.

 

The board on Friday stressed that growers of the lucrative plant must be cooperatives, community enterprises or social enterprises made up of citizens - and not private companies.

 

Their business will be under the scrutiny of state agencies, must cooperate with those agencies, and must be run by Thai nationals, said the Narcotics Control Board Office secretary-general, Niyom Termsrisuk. He said the agency is also working with Kasetsart University to design a low-cost greenhouse that would enable Thai enterprises to operate their business on a small budget while preventing the crops from “leaking out”.

 

He added that cannabis grown by farmers might also have to be in a closed area to control air and humidity, in order to stabilise the amount of medical substances in the harvest including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The import, export, distribution and possession of the cannabis will be under the control of related government agencies.

The bill to legalise medical use of marijuana was passed in December last year, but many have expressed disappointment that the legislation excluded the private sector from the lucrative market.

 

Meanwhile, the dean of Rangsit University’s Institute of Integrative Medicine and Anti-Ageing on Friday threatened to file complaints against the Intellectual Property Department if it failed to reject 13 patent applications for items containing cannabis extracts. 

 

“Complaints will be filed with the Central Administrative Court, the Central Intellectual Property and International Trade Court, and the National Anti-Corruption Commission,” said the dean, Panthep Phuaphongphan. 

 

Commerce Minister Sonthirat Sonthijirawong said that he had told ordered the Intellectual Property Department to hold discussions on what to do with those patent applications.

 

“I hope their discussions lead to solutions and deliver maximum benefits,” he said. 

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/national/30362077

 

 
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And there I thought I could grow some on my land,back to chang then.

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Enforcement? Thailand?🙄  Crystal ball foresees some great party places springing up in rural Thailand along with some crops coming from Indochina . 

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imo I don't believe there will be large scale recreational leakage of the medical grow ops here. Going to jail is a real possibility if you got caught up in that, possibly for many years. Cultivation in Thailand is a heavy sentence which is partly the reason it greatly deterred people growing it here. That's not going to change at all and probably will be enforced more strenuously. If your going to take a risk that could result in imprisonment, I believe you would want to make it worth your while. Moving and dealing yaba is a vastly more lucrative and  would be considerably less bulky (which aids concealment) to handle. That's the trouble with drug laws, they  indirectly finance the business they're trying to curtail. No, unfortunately, Laos has nothing to fear for years to come.

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"Marijuana growing to be tightly controlled'

I can not think of anything in Thailand that is "Tightly controlled" 

This product will be everywhere soon.

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9 hours ago, YetAnother said:

The import, export, distribution and possession of the cannabis will be under the control of related government agencies.

Is there supposed to be something new about this?

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53 minutes ago, ChrisY1 said:

State agencies....only Thais to grow....sure, it'll be strictly controlled:))

 

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11 hours ago, rooster59 said:

The board on Friday stressed that growers of the lucrative plant

 

11 hours ago, rooster59 said:

excluded the private sector from the lucrative market.

 

11 hours ago, rooster59 said:

“I hope their discussions lead to solutions and deliver maximum benefits,” he said. 

Amen

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