Thai health minister signs decree making cannabis blossoms a controlled herb Cannabis inflorescences containing a higher concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) than other parts of the plant will be classified as a controlled herb, according to a new regulation by Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul. The decree has been signed and will come into force after publication in the Royal Gazette, Thai Public Broadcasting Service reported.
Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said that imposing controls on cannabis flowers would help allay concerns about their abuse for recreational purposes. Anutin said the new ordinance clearly states that people who can access controlled weed must be over the age of 20, and pregnant and lactating women are not allowed access.
The classification of cannabis inflorescences as a controlled herb has been proposed by Thailand’s Department of Traditional and Alternative Medicine as an interim measure to combat abuse while the cannabis bill is pending approval in parliament after passing its first reading in the lower house.
The THC content of different parts of cannabis ranges from 10-12% in flowers and surrounding leaves, 1-2% in leaves, 0.1-0.3% in stems, and less than 0.03% in roots, according to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
Cannabis products are divided into three types, namely herb, resin (hashish), and oil. Cannabis herb consists of dried or crushed flower heads and leaves and contains up to 5% THC. Oil is the most potent form of cannabis which is derived from concentrated resin and can contain up to 60% THC.
Insisting that the decriminalisation of cannabis in Thailand is for medical use and economic reasons, the minister said the problem with the two plants stems from abuse or unnecessary use beyond safe levels.
The Thai Food and Drug Administration is currently registering applications for cannabis cultivation. By yesterday, 840,857 people had registered and certificates had been issued electronically to 815,172 people. Since June 9, more than 38 million people have accessed the registration page online or used a dedicated app.
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